Posted by: braddenvillage | November 13, 2014

Explanation of the works on the A45/A5 Tove Roundabout – Towcester

Highways Agency – Explanation of work at Tove Roundabout, Towcester

What is happening?

This scheme has been designed to tackle congestion by widening the A43 to three lanes through the junction and reducing the size of the central island to accommodate this.

Additional localised widening will also take place on the A5 to increase throughput. Finally the whole junction will be converted to full time traffic signal control.

The work is part of the national Pinch Point Programme. The Pinch Point Programme forms part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

When and where is this happening?

The works will be located at the A5/A43 Towcester Roundabout and associated approaches/departures. north-west of Towcester.  It is planned to start 15 September 2014, and subject to weather conditions, we are aiming to complete this scheme by the end of January 2015.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

This junction suffers from congestion particularly at peak travel times that affects the A43 and A5 as well as local roads which leads to delays.  The aim of the scheme is to reduce congestion, promote growth and improve safety for road users.  These works are part of a £317 million ‘pinch point’ improvement programme designed to boost local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety on the strategic road network. The pinch point programme is part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011. The aim is to provide smaller scale improvements that can deliver big returns by easing congestion and make journey times more reliable for road users, including hauliers and commuters, to help boost local economies and drive economic growth.

The estimated cost is £4.6 million.

How will the scheme be carried out?

We will manage traffic by:

  • Off-peak lane closures on all approach/departure arms of the roundabout (20:00 to 06:00)
  • Daytime narrow lanes, ensuring number of lanes is maintained, on all approach/departure arms of the roundabout (06:00 to 20:00)
  • 50mph speed restriction on approaches to the Junction, 24/7 for the duration of the works.
  • Restricted number of full overnight closures (20:00 to 06:00).
  • No other traffic management will be permitted when these closures is in place.

What are the benefits?

As part of the Pinch Point Programme, this scheme aims to:

  •  support the creation of 3,500 jobs and 1,000 homes by 2020
  •  support the proposed identified growth sites at Towcester and Silverstone Circuit
  •  help to reduce daily congestion
  •  reduce journey times for the travelling public
  •  boost the economy
  •  improve safety for road users.

How do I find out more information ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

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