Two Northamptonshire County Council projects to improve busy stretches of road in Northampton will be heard at a meeting of the authority’s cabinet next week.
The first plan focuses on Cliftonville Road in the town, reducing traffic congestion on the inner ring road and improving access to Northampton General Hospital, while also benefitting air quality.
The second proposal – the A45 Northampton Growth Management Scheme – will see a series of junction improvements along the A45 between the M1 and the Great Billing interchange.
Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:
“In order to accommodate future growth in and around Northampton it’s essential that the highways infrastructure is enhanced to make sure it can support expansion.
“These two projects are being made possible through collaboration with our partners and it goes to show just what can be possible when resources are pooled.
“Long-term development in Northampton and the rest of the county is in everyone’s interest so I’m delighted that we’re progressing these very important initiatives.”
Northampton Borough Council’s Northampton Central Area Action Plan and the county council’s Northampton Town Transport Strategy both seek improvements to the Cliftonville Road corridor.
A scheme has been drawn up which focuses on a slight widening of Cliftonville Road from Bedford Road to the south entrance of Northampton General Hospital to create three lanes of traffic - two northbound and one southbound.
This is to be accompanied by upgrading of the Cliftonville Road/Billing Road/Alfred Street and St Edmund Street/Wellingborough Road junctions.
The county council has been successful in securing £1.814m of Government funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund in order to deliver the scheme, to be matched with £777k of local funding. The intention is to start the scheme in October this year, with completion expected in summer 2020.
A45 Growth management:
The seven junctions covered by the scheme are:
M1 Junction 15
A45 Wootton Interchange
A45 Queen Eleanor Interchange
A45 Brackmills Interchange
A45 Barnes Meadow Interchange
A45 Lumbertubs Interchange
A45 Great Billing Interchange
The project will be primarily funded through a Community Infrastructure Levy-compliant pooling of developer contributions. As such, the intention is that the various junctions will be improved as funding becomes available.
To accelerate the delivery of the wider scheme, £4.08m has been secured from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund.
In combination with the developer funding secured, this will enable improvements to Queen Eleanor Interchange to be delivered in the current financial year, followed by Brackmills and Great Billing Way Interchange in 2020/21.