Dualling of a busy stretch of the A45 will not take place until at least 2020-21, the Government has confirmed.
The Minister for Roads, John Hayes, has said that the dualling of the A45 between Stanwick and Thrapston were in the second potential road improvements.
He was answering a written question in the House of Commons tabled by East Northamptonshire and Corby MP Andy Sawford.
The Government announced earlier this month that money would be provided to build a new junction on the A14 and to upgrade the Chowns Mill roundabout at Higham Ferrers.
They also announced a study into dualling the stretch of the A45.
Today (Wednesday), Mr Hayes said: “There is a firm commitment by the Government to find a solution.
“This road has suffered from under-investment for far too long. But it is an environmentally sensitive site which is why it is so important to get it right.”
Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, said he was pleased that the Chowns Mill roundabout improvements were scheduled to start soon, saying that constituents would welcome those works as well as any subsequent dualling of the A45.
He added: “I want to thank all those involved in the Listening Campaign on this issue – the Government has listened and is delivering.”
But Mr Sawford said residents and businesses would be disappointed by the fact work on the A45 dualling is not due to start imminently.