Transport secretary to visit Chowns Mill ahead of improvement works

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport
Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport

The transport secretary will visit Northamptonshire today (Monday, January 12) to see first-hand the issues surrounding the Chowns Mill roundabout near Higham Ferrers.

The Government last month announced millions of pounds of funding to improve the busy roundabout, which connects the A45 and the A6.

And cabinet minister Patrick McLoughlin is to inspect the site, where he is expected to say that his visit demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the road.

He will also say that a scientific study will soon get under way on the impact of dualling the stretch of the A45 from Stanwick to Thrapston.

MP Peter Bone, whose Wellingborough and Rushden constituency includes the roundabout, said: “We have recently had the Wilby Way Roundabout improvements, Rushden Lakes approved, and now we have the Chowns Mill and A45 investment – a record that I am extremely proud of.”

Mr Bone has worked alongside Tom Pursglove, the Conservative candidate in Corby and East Northants – which includes the A45 stretch which could be dualled – to improve the roads in the region in a so-called “Listening Campaign”.

Mr Pursglove added: “I am so grateful to all those who continue to support the Listening Campaign on this issue - this success is testament to their support.”

However, Labour has previously pointed out the A45 dualling work would not begin until 2020-21 at the earliest.

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