Plans on show for proposed first stage of dual carriageway between Kettering and Northampton

The Round Spinney roundabout near Northampton
The Round Spinney roundabout near Northampton

Plans to turn a notoriously busy stretch of single-lane road in Northamptonshire into a dual carriageway will be on display next week.

Northamptonshire County Council has outlined proposals for an A43 Moulton bypass linking the Round Spinney roundabout with the Moulton roundabout.

The one-mile long dual carriageway is part of a wider scheme to improve the A43 between Kettering and Northampton.

It is expected that a formal planning application for the £19m project will be submitted early in January 2015.

The plans are separate to those for the A14, A45 and Chowns Mill roundabout, announced as part of the build-up to Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement this morning (Monday, December 1).

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage said: “Improvements to the A43 between Northampton and Kettering are a high priority scheme for the county council and the project has been split into a number of phases in order to tackle initial congestion hotspots and in accordance with the funding available.

“The first phase of the works is well underway at the Round Spinney roundabout while things are progressing well with this next phase.

“Anyone who has travelled on this route knows just how busy it can be and, not only is this inconvenient, it is also an impediment to further economic growth and associated benefits.

“I’m delighted that through innovative funding solutions we’re starting to make some headway with this project and I’m pleased that the second stage of works will be starting soon.”

About 20,000 vehicles use the A43 each day and significant traffic congestion occurs along the route during the morning peak hour period for traffic heading south towards Northampton.

The exhibition is on Wednesday, December 10, from 2pm to 7pm at Moulton Village Hall in Pound Lane, and on Thursday, December 11, from 2pm to 7pm at Overstone Village Hall in Sywell Road.