County Council News of A43 Upgrade

Northamptonshire County Council

If your daily/weekly/monthly or occasional journey, takes you on the A43, you may like to keep the following news in mind.

The NCC has announced the start of work between Kettering and Northampton on the A43 in 2016, which will continue until early 2018.

“Work will soon start on the next phase of a Northamptonshire County Council project to improve the A43 between Kettering and Northampton.

The A43 Northampton to Kettering Stage Two, will see the building of a 1.2km dual carriageway from the existing Moulton roundabout, which will be re-constructed, to a newly built roundabout at Overstone Grange.

Work is due to start at the end of the month and is scheduled to last about 14 months (January/February 2018).

Improving the A43 between Northampton and Kettering is a key priority for the County Council as this will improve transport links and help facilitate economic growth.

Without the necessary money for the entire project it has been necessary to use innovative funding methods to get work started.

Part of this method involves dividing the route into phases and looking at each phase separately to see how they could be paid for by using a variety of funding streams, including section 106 money from housing developments.

Project schedule

To start with, work will take place off the existing A43 and will comprise site-clearance and construction of the new carriageway. While these initial works are taking place there will be minimal impact on the travelling public on the existing A43.

From mid-January, after the busy Christmas period, work will start to affect the existing A43. However every effort is being made to minimise disruption. Traffic management will be used in the form of coned lanes and contraflows but the use of temporary traffic lights will be kept to off-peak times, where possible.

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