Changes on the way to A6 roundabout

The roundabout on the A6
The roundabout on the A6
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The boss of a county haulier says not enough remodelling has been done on a roundabout that he heavily criticised following a fatal crash.

Clive Hodgkinson, managing director of C Butt Ltd, criticised the design of the new roundabout layout on the A6 near Burton Latimer, fearing a lorry could tip over as the road goes uphill and bends from left to right on approach from Finedon.

A motorist died on the roundabout in June when he failed to negotiate it and other drivers have questioned the design. Now, Taylor Wimpey has said it will put in a 40mph speed limit and reduce the road from a two-way carriageway to single lane.

But Mr Hodgkinson said: “I’m not convinced the single lane is just the answer because I would like to see the incline taken away.

“It’s better than nothing though, I suppose.

“Having a single lane is a move in the right direction and it should mean less of a swing for lorries and will give them more manoeuvrability.

“I’m happy the speed limit is coming down but I think it should be 30mph and the area should be well lit.”

After the roundabout was finished, Taylor Wimpey – who put the roundabout in place – to link with a big housing development in the town – carried out another safety audit with the county council’s highways team.

Dominic Harman, managing director of Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: “We have worked closely with Northamptonshire County Council to formulate a solution to reduce the speed of vehicles approaching the approved roundabout.

“Work is starting the week commencing October 29, and is anticipated to take up to four weeks to complete.”

Traffic lights will be in place while works are being carried out, and speed reducation signs will also be put up to tell drivers to drop their speed.

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