Towcester roadworks slated for next week

A Highways Agency scheme to increase capacity and improve safety at the A43/A5 Towcester roundabout will get underway next week.

Work begins on Monday 15 September to widen the roundabout and its approaches and exit roads in order to help ease congestion and improve journey times. Additionally, traffic lights will be introduced to enhance safety and help the flow of traffic. The scheme is due to be completed early next year.

While work is ongoing traffic management will be in place 24 hours a day. There will also be some overnight lane closures between 8pm and 6am on all approaches and exit roads from the roundabout. During the day, lanes will be narrowed on all approaches and exit roads.

There will also be some full overnight closures between 8pm and 6am. Diversions will be in place and clearly signposted. Road users are advised to plan their journeys leaving extra time if necessary.

Alastair Warnes, project sponsor for the scheme, said:

“While work is ongoing, it is important that road users comply with the traffic management that is in place.

“There will be a 50mph speed restriction in place on all approaches to the junction for the full duration of the work. This is necessary for the safety of our road workers and motorists.

“Once the scheme is completed road users can expect shorter and safer journeys.”

The scheme is part of a £317 million pinch point improvement programme designed to boost local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety on the strategic road network in England. The programme is part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

The pinch point program aims to provide smaller scale improvements that can ease congestion and make journey times more reliable for road users, including hauliers and commuters to help boost local economies and drive economic growth.