Progress is being made on plans to dual the busy A43 between Kettering and Northampton.
The total length of the full scheme would be about 10 miles, however, the project has been split into a number of phases in order to tackle initial congestion hotspots and in accordance with the funding available.
A report before Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet today (Tuesday, June 10) focused on the phase between the Round Spinney and the Moulton roundabouts, which is scheduled to start in late spring 2015.
Improvements to the Round Spinney roundabout will be delivered this financial year following a successful bid for £2.055m to the Government for the £3.425m needed for the scheme.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “A good link between Northampton and Kettering is absolutely essential for the county and a key priority for the county council.
“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 first 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 phases of the scheme are: Phase 1a – Improvements to Round Spinney roundabout. A £3.425m scheme set to start this financial year (2014/2015).
Phase 1b – Dual carriageway linking Round Spinney and Moulton roundabouts. An £18.75m scheme set to start in spring 2015.
Phase 2 – Extending the dual carriageway from the Moulton roundabout to the Holcot/Sywell roundabout – estimated to cost £20m; discussions on developing and funding this scheme have commenced with prospective developers of adjacent land.
Further phases – Further extension of the dual carriageway from the Holcot/Sywell roundabout to the A14, which would cost about £65m. Funding sources still need to be identified for these stages.