Tories to launch road safety ‘listening campaign’

Left to right: Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northants Council, Cllr Tom Pursglove and Peter Bone MP

Left to right: Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northants Council, Cllr Tom Pursglove and Peter Bone MP

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An MP and a Parliamentary hopeful have this afternoon (Saturday) launched what they have described as a “major listening campaign” over the safety of roads near Higham Ferrers, Stanwick and Raunds.

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, and Cllr Tom Pursglove, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire, will contact 29,000 households in East Northamptonshire – and across the two constituencies – to seek housholders’ support for their campaign to dual the A45 between Stanwick and the A14.

A crash at the Chowns Mill roundabout

A crash at the Chowns Mill roundabout

They are also campaigning to bring improvements to the Chowns Mill roundabout, the junction of the A45 and the A6.

Chowns Mill forms the boundary between the Wellingborough and Corby and East Northamptonshire constituencies.

The duo have met roads minister Robert Goodwill MP, who told them that their demands would be more likely to succeed if they could demonstrate significant public backing for improvments.

Cllr Pursglove said the issue was not a new one for local politicians.

He said: “Councillors in both constituencies have been campaigning on this for a very long time.

“It seems to me only right that areas receiving new development should have extra infrastructure.”

“Both Peter and I are extremely concerned about the congestion on the road and at the roundabout. It has become a very difficult stretch of road, with a number of serious accidents.”

Mr Bone added: “The Chowns Mill roundabout and the single carriageway of the A45 are both overloaded at the moment. When the Skew Bridge major retail leisure park is developed and the Rushden East housing is constructed the A45 will become gridlocked unless we get these essential improvements.

“Obviously this is a Conservative Party campaign – we wanted to have a unified approach in north Northamptonshire.

“There has been demand in my constituency for improvements.”