Minister meets with local leaders about dualling of A45

MP Andy Sawford with Cllr Steven North and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill
MP Andy Sawford with Cllr Steven North and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill

A top-level meeting about dualling a dangerous East Northamptonshire road has taken place.

MP Andy Sawford and Leader of East Northamptonshire Council Councillor Steven North has today (Thursday) met with the Minister for Roads Robert Goodwill to press the case for the dualling of the A45 between Stanwick and Thrapston.

The Department for Transport told Mr Sawford that they were investigating accidents on the roads following six serious recent incidents.

Mr Sawford and East Northants Council are both campaigning the road improvements to reduce journey time for local residents and boost the local economy by improving links across the county.

Mr Sawford said: “Dualling the A45 is a high priority in the East Northamptonshire area to support the economy and improve journey times for local residents. There is often congestion in this area and I know from that the high lorry usage means that journeys are often slow and also can be dangerous when people overtake along this narrow stretch of road.

“I told the Minister that the roundabouts have already been improved and that now is the time to make this crucial investment.

“I’m pleased that me and Cllr Steven North, Conservative Leader of East Northamptonshire, are working together in a cross-party effort to make sure the government and the Highways Agency know how important this is to our area”.

“The road, which is dualled from Northampton to Stanwick carries a high volume of traffic but congestion is frequently caused on the single carriageway stretch between Stanwick and the A14 at Thrapston.”

Mr Sawford and Cllr North highlighted the impact of local growth, such as new distribution companies, new housing and potential new retail at Rushden Lakes, telling the Minister that this makes the dualling of the road even more critical.

The Minister promised to look seriously at the case and to take the matter up with the Highways Agency who are currently reviewing the business case for road improvement schemes in the county.

Cllr North and Andy Sawford agreed to take the matter at a county level with the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership which has a role in determining priorities for local road improvement.