Month-long closure for busy Wellingborough road

The road will be closed for essential works on the B573

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:34 pm

A main route from Wellingborough into Great Doddington will be closed for up to four weeks to allow for major works by Anglian Water.

Doddington Road - the B573 - will be closed off in a 280m section between Millers Lane and Millers Park Junction, outside the entrance to the new Five Wells Prison.

Access for the Nene Valley Crematorium will be via Great Doddington village

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The 280m section of road will result in a 6km diversion

In a letter sent out to residents of Millers Park, contractors Keir informed those living close to the stretch of road about the month-long 'essential' works starting on Monday, March 22.

A spokesman for Andrew J Walker, project logistics manager, said: "This will necessitate the complete closure of the B573, Doddington Road, between Millers Park Junction and Millers Lane.

"This is to allow Anglian Water to complete water main diversion works to Doddington Road ahead of the junction improvement works to HMP Five Wells. The works will be ongoing for approximately four weeks.

"During this time there will be no access to through traffic on Doddington Road, other than for construction vehicles gaining access to site

The Millers Park turn onto the A45 will form part of the diversion route to Great Doddington

"A traffic management scheme and diversion route has been established for general access to Great Doddington. Access to the Nene Valley Crematorium will be via the diversion works."

The official diversion route for motorists from Great Doddington to Wellingborough takes a 5.4 km (3.3 mile) route

The diversion will take vehicles on Earls Barton Rd (B573) for 0.3 km, where traffic should turn right to merge onto A45 towards Wellingborough. Following the A45 for 2.4 km, at the roundabout, drivers should take the 3rd exit onto Higham Rd/A45, carry on for 1.6 km taking the A509 slip road to Wellingborough /Milton Keynes after 300m at the roundabout, take the first exit onto Turnells Mill Ln /B573 for a further 0.8 km.

For those travelling in the opposite direction from Wellingborough to Great Doddington, the diversion is slightly longer at 5.8 km (3.6 miles).

The road will be closed at Millers Lane to traffic apart for access to Nene Valley Crematorium

Drivers should head west towards Higham Road/A45 for 0.2 km and merge onto Higham Road/A45 staying on the dual carriageway and keeping left until Junction 11. Take the B573 exit to Great Doddington/Earls Barton and at the T junction turn left onto Earls Barton Rd/B573 into Great Doddington village.

The spokesman added: "On behalf of the Keir team at Wellingborough thank you for your ongoing support with the project and we will use our best endeavours to insure the impact of these works to all the residents of Millers Park are kept to a minimum."