Firms relieved as A14 at Kettering opens with new lane

The new three-lane A14 at Kettering
The new three-lane A14 at Kettering

Firms which have suffered delivery delays due to closures on the A14 between Kettering and Wellingborough have expressed relief now that all lanes have been reopened.

The section of A14 between junctions 7 and 9 reopened last week with an extra lane following closures since January 2014.

Kettering-based haulage and logistics company Knights of Old Group makes 300 to 400 trips on the road every day with its 150 vehicles.

Group director Paul Abbott said: “We practically live on that stretch of road.

“Now that it has been fully reopened and there is a new lane, it should improve the flow of traffic bypassing Kettering and should take out some of the bottle-neck issues we used to see.

“The closures resulted in some problems and delays, with vehicles getting back quite a bit later than they should, but the project overall seemed to be well managed.

“Delays have been minimal, but not unnoticed, and I think that is due in part to other roadworks going on at the same time in the region.

“All in all, I wouldn’t like to be negative about it as the positive impact of the A14 roadworks here far outweighs the problems caused while they were ongoing.”

The closures were lifted in time for the Bank Holiday weekend as planned, but some night-time closures to complete further work were scheduled for this week.

Traffic management measures put in place during the closures in the last months included a temporary 40mph speed limit.

The area of road is heavily used by localy companies, as well as commuters, to bypass Kettering town centre.

James Green, a manager for Morrisons supermarket, which uses the road to dstribute to stores in the area, said: “We’re thrilled that the A14 is reopening.

“The new road layout will really improve access to our store for our customers.”