Noise reduction for expanded A14

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THE Government has promised that noise reduction will be included in the £110m plan to expand the A14 Kettering Bypass to three lanes.

Parliamentary under-secretary of state for roads and motoring, Mike Penning, who visited the A14 last month, made the pledge in the House of Commons on Thursday after a call from Kettering MP Philip Hollobone.

Mr Penning said: “I had a fantastic visit to Kettering and looked at the roads programme that is going to be developed, as well as at the town centre redevelopment, which is a huge success.

“We will ensure that noise reduction is part of the plan, so that the local community benefits from the new road and is not encumbered by it.”

Construction of the new third lane between Junctions 7 and 9 will not start for at least another year, but workmen will be on site as planning gets under way over the next couple of months.

The Catthorpe Interchange will also be redeveloped.