Transport chiefs have welcomed a government announcement that a key scheme to alleviate traffic congestion is to benefit from a £2million cash injection.
Northamptonshire County Council submitted the bid for funding for the Round Spinney roundabout - which connects the A43 to Kettering with Talavera Way, Booth Rise and Lumbertubs Way just north of Northampton – to tackle congestion and prepare for future housing growth.
Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for economic growth and strategic infrastructure, said: “We’re delighted that our bid has been successful. More than 27,000 vehicles use the road between Kettering and Northampton every day and the road currently suffers from slow and unreliable journey times which are exacerbated by the lack of overtaking opportunities.
“The improvement scheme will help us to ensure the county is providing the right infrastructure to support employment as well as making sure we’re best placed to facilitate anticipated new housing in Northampton, Kettering and Corby.”
This scheme is particularly significant because the A43 plays a regionally important role as part of diversionary routes for traffic on the M1, A45 and the A14.
The cost of the scheme has been estimated at £3.4 million. The Department for Transport grant announced the £2.1 million grant on Friday (13 December) with the council providing the remainder of the scheme cost.
The Round Spinney junction improvement is part of a bigger project, which includes St. Gregory’s roundabout improvement, at a total cost of approximately £5m. These improvements represent the initial phase of the dualling of the A43 Northampton to Kettering road.
Construction is scheduled to begin in Autumn 2014.