Work continues on improvements to ease congestion on the A45/A4500 corridor

11 October 2010

Work starts today (Oct 11) on the next stage of a Northamptonshire County Council project which aims to reduce congestion on a busy commuter route into Northampton.

The scheme, which focuses on the A45, particularly the Barnes Meadow roundabout, also aims to develop bus reliability, improve road safety and bring environmental benefits.

An important part of this scheme is to reduce the time it takes to make the journey from Wellingborough and Earls Barton into Northampton.

Work will commence on Monday in four areas to achieve this. Junction improvements where traffic light installations will be upgraded for bus priority working will be carried out over a six week period:

  • Cliftonville/ Bedford Road junction- off peak lane closures and temporary traffic lights.
  • Wellingborough Road/St Edmund’s Street junction - off peak lane closures and temporary traffic lights.
  • Earls Barton Junction A4500/B573 - off peak lane closures and temporary traffic lights.
  • Wellingborough Northampton Road/Kingsway/Queensway junction - off peak lane closures and temporary traffic lights.

We are asking all residents and businesses in the area for their patience, flexibility and co-operation in order to allow the scheme to progress efficiently and would like to thank everyone in anticipation of this.

The £5.3 million project has been funded by the government through the Homes and Community Agency. The money is from the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) which supports transport costs in growth areas.

The Barnes Meadow roundabout, where the A45 and the A428 meet is one of the busiest junctions in the county, seeing around 7,000 vehicles using the interchange during the morning and evening rush-hours.


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