The county council has outlined a policy to dual the A43 between the junction with the A45 and the A14 within Northamptonshire.
Description of scheme
The A43 between Northampton and Kettering suffers from congestion hotspots, journey time delay and road safety issues due to vehicles trying to overtake. Through its key strategy document, the Northamptonshire Arc, the county council has outlined a policy to dual the A43 all the way between the A45 and the A14. Due to the scale of the scheme this will be achieved in phases.
Improvements to the Round Spinney roundabout have already been completed resulting in increased capacity at this junction and improved traffic flow.
A new 1.56km dual carriageway will be built linking the Round Spinney roundabout with the existing A43 just north of the Moulton roundabout. This new section of carriageway is required to serve the Overstone Leys development (2,000 houses) which is part of the Northampton North Sustainable Urban Extension identified in the West Northamptonshire Core Spatial Strategy.
Timeline of key events
Due to problems in acquiring the land we are starting with the northern part of the works and the section bypassing Moulton will start as soon as possible.
Works on the northern section have commenced:
Monday 3 April to end of August
Mondays to Fridays 09.30 hrs to 15.30 hrs
|4 way lights at A43 Moulton Roundabout.|
We will also be constructing the new roundabout and upgrading the junction. We will be moving the existing pedestrian crossing for the completed scheme. During these works a temporary controlled crossing will be in place.
|Monday 5 June for up to 4 weeks
Works will be carried out under lane restrictions and two way lights.
|Two way lights on Overstone Road between the access for 79/80 to the junction with Park View.|
All residents will have access to properties.
Remodelling the junction to create a more simplified route.
National Grid will also be working with us to install new gas mains.
Friday 10 to Monday 13 November
Friday 17 to 20 November - 20.00 hrs
Friday through to 06.00 hrs Monday
|Weekend road closure in November on A43 Kettering Road from the junction with Ashley Lane and The Avenue to Sywell roundabout, and including Overstone Lane and Overstone Road.|
A43 northbound through traffic alternative route at Round Spinney roundabout. Take the exit for the A5067 to the junction with A508 and turn right, follow the A508 to the A14, take the A14 eastbound to the junction for the A43, follow the A43 to Sywell roundabout. Alternative route for through traffic on the A43 southbound will be the reverse.
Local traffic for Moulton or Overstone will use Ashley Road or The Avenue. There is a 7.5 tonne weight limit restriction on Ashley Lane which will need temporary suspension whilst this road is used as an alternative route.
Additionally temporary parking restriction will be required on these roads.
Provision will be made to allow access for residents on Park View during the times this road closure will be in place.
|Various nights, as required between 6 May to 1 December 2017|
20.00 hrs to 06.00 hrs
|Overnight road closures.|
We will provide advance warning signs if we need to close the roads in the vicinity of the A43 improvement works.
|Spring 2018||Scheme due for completion.|
The intention is to start work on the Moulton Bypass section as soon as the land issues have been resolved.
The route will run north from the signalised A43 Round Spinney roundabout, crossing a small landscaped area before passing between the existing residential properties that front the A43 and the Round Spinney Industrial Estate. It then runs parallel with the existing A43 to the east of existing residential properties fronting the A43 before crossing The Avenue (which will be stopped up) and joining Overstone Road at a new roundabout junction replacing the existing roundabout to the north of Overstone Road. The dual carriageway will continue and will re-join the existing A43 approximately 300m north of the Overstone Road roundabout opposite the northern end of Park View. The dualling will continue to a new roundabout south of Overstone Grange which will, in time, give access to the northern part of the Overstone Leys development.
View the route in the plan below:
Benefits of the scheme
Congestion and journey time delay will be reduced. The improved road network and traffic flows will support economic growth as the first part of a strategic link between Northampton and the A14.
The scheme is directly linked to enabling growth to the north of Northampton, including specifically the Overstone Leys development which comprises about 2,000 houses and ancillary development.
Early consultation with stakeholders including parish councils was undertaken in 2008/09 which established a broad consensus that dualling of the road between Round Spinney and the A14 was supported.
Consultation and examination hearings for the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy highlighted the view of the local community that improvements to the A43, among other measures, are necessary to support the proposed development at Northampton North.
Planning permission for the new road was granted in August 2015. Further details are available on our Planning pages.
Scheme cost and how it will be funded
This scheme is funded by the Northamptonshire Growth Deal and supported by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).
The scheme is likely to cost in the region of £26 million.
This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.
Copies of fact sheets are available below:
A bid for government funding to extend the dualling as far as Holcot Lane has been submitted and we will update this page once we hear the results of this bid.