Transport Minister visits Chowns Mill roundabout to talk about A45 dualling

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Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin MP visited the Chowns Mill roundabout near Higham Ferrers this morning to talk about a project to improve it and dual the A45.

Mr McLoughlin spoke to a group of Conservative party supporters about the plans for the area, including carrying out a scientific study which he said was the first step in dualling the A45.

Peter Bone MP (left) and Tom Pursglove (right) with Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin at the Chowns Mill roundabout

Peter Bone MP (left) and Tom Pursglove (right) with Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin at the Chowns Mill roundabout

He added: “I am delighted to come to East Northamptonshire, and specifically the Chowns Mill Roundabout.

“I wanted to demonstrate the Government’s unwavering commitment to carrying out the much-needed improvements at this roundabout, which will improve traffic flows on both the A45 and the A6. This is particularly important, as the Government has recently announced the Rushden Lakes retail and leisure development.”

An announcement about the potential to dual the A45 was made last year.

After the announcement, Corby MP Andy Sawford asked a question in Parliament which clarified that the improvements would not take place until at least 2020/21.

Speaking today, Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate for Corby, Tom Pursglove, said: “I am delighted that the Secretary of State has come to East Northamptonshire today, to put to rest Labour’s unscrupulous scare stories.

“Conservatives both locally, and nationally, are making this project happen and are committed to both improving Chowns Mill and dualling the A45. I am so grateful to all those who continue to support the Listening Campaign on this issue - this success is testament to their support.”

Corby MP Mr Sawford said: “The Government can’t have it both ways. They can’t say on the one hand that they have to do a study and that at the same time effectively pre-judge that study by saying the dualling work will happen.

“By their own admission it could not possibly happen for at least five years.”