A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   November 2013
End date:  2015/16


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  £42 million


Managed by:   Area 7

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Update - April 2014

A contra-flow system is now fully operational between junctions 7 and 9 of the A14 to provide the necessary working space for the safe construction of the main earthworks. Due to the reduction in lane widths during the operation of the contra-flow, drivers of HGV vehicles are advised to use Lane 1. A free vehicle recovery service is also in place and drivers are advised to remain in their vehicle until assistance arrives.

Installation of sheet piling commenced on 18 March 2014. This retaining wall is the foundation for the noise protection fencing which will be installed as a follow on operation to mitigate the effects of the widening scheme. We are currently using two methods of installation, either vibrating the sheets into the ground or drilling a hole and hammering them into the ground.

Unfortunately, the installation of sheet piles is a noisy operation and we are aware that residents may be experiencing vibration as well. For this reason we have undertaken these works during the day to limit the impact to local residents.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. We would like to reassure you that we are working with the contractor not only to minimise the noise but review the method of installing the sheet piling to cause as little disruption and vibration as possible.

There may be some emergency temporary closures to repair potholes.

A 24 hour 40mph speed limit which will be enforced by average speed cameras came into effect from 2 January 2014 and will remain throughout the works until completion of the scheme which is expected to be in Spring 2015.

Please note that Northamptonshire Police are the enforcing authority and will be prosecuting drivers who break the average speed restrictions.

Exhibition

Public Information Exhibitions were held at Kettering Conference Centre on 3-5 October 2013. This gave members of the local community an opportunity to find out more about the scheme and forthcoming construction works. The exhibition was well attended with approximately 250 people visiting the exhibition over the three days.

Network Rail

Network Rail’s project team were also in attendance on the first day of the exhibition answering questions on the Pytchley Road (Kettering) temporary road closure starting in December 2013 as part of their plan to upgrade the Midland Main Line.

What is happening?

We aim to enhance the A14 between junction 7 and junction 9 by providing an extra lane in each direction. The scheme would be constructed within the highway boundary and is not expected to require any more land or statutory orders.

We have worked closely with key local stakeholders including the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning unit, North Northamptonshire Development Company, Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council to bring forward these proposals.

When and where is this happening?

Work will take place from immediately east of junction 7 (A43) to immediately west of junction 9 (A509) on the A14.

In the November 2011 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the A14 Kettering Bypass Improvements scheme would be prepared for start of construction before 2015. Following this, the Budget 2012 announcement confirmed the start of construction to be in financial year 2013/14.

As planned, this scheme commenced construction on 11 November 2013 and we expect the scheme to open to traffic in financial year 2015/16.

For more information please visit our Current Delivery Programme page.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

The A14 is an important road that connects the M1 and M6 motorways in the Midlands with the A1, the M11 and the east coast ports near Felixstowe. Because of its links with the port, it is part of the Trans-European Network.  The section around Kettering suffers from congestion and poor journey times daily. By improving this section we aim to create smoother and more reliable journeys, contribute to the region's economy and to allow for the increased demand in the area that will occur as a result of the Government's Growth Agenda to develop 40,500 homes in the area.

The estimated outturn cost of £42 million was approved by the Secretary of State for Transport in June 2013 prior to the start of construction.

How will the scheme be carried out?

The existing dual carriageway will be widened symmetrically by the addition of an extra lane in both directions between junction 7 and 9, within the existing highway boundary. The proposed widening is between the east facing slip roads at junction 7, and the westbound facing slip roads at junction 9.

What are the benefits?

The main objectives of the scheme are to:

  • relieve congestion
  • improve journey time reliability
  • improve safety by reducing driver stress
  • protect the built and natural environment by mitigating any adverse impacts of the scheme
  • support sustainable economic growth, and deliver the improvements in a manner which supports the government's transport policy and objectives whilst meeting the Department for Transport's value for money criteria

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.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

On 24th April 2014 there will be lane closures on both Eastbound and Westbound lanes beginning at 20:00 and ending on 25th April 2014 at 06:00. On the Eastbound lane, the Junction 7 entry slip road will be closed. On the West bound lane, lane 1 will be closed to exit Junction 9.

Contractors have completed installation of the contra-flow system which is now fully operational, 24 hours a day. The contra-flow system will be used to provide the necessary working space for the safe construction of the main earthworks.

Installation of sheet piling commenced on 18 March 2014. This retaining wall is the foundation for the noise protection fencing which will be installed as a follow on operation to mitigate the effects of the widening scheme. We are currently using two methods of installation, either vibrating the sheets into the ground or drilling a hole and hammering them into the ground.

Unfortunately, the installation of sheet piles is a noisy operation and we are aware that residents may be experiencing vibration as well. For this reason we have undertaken these works during the day to limit the impact to local residents.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. We would like to reassure you that we are working with the contractor not only to minimise the noise but review the method of installing the sheet piling to cause as little disruption and vibration as possible.

There may be some emergency temporary closures to repair potholes.

A 24 hour 40mph speed limit which will be enforced by average speed cameras came into effect from 2 January 2014, and will remain throughout the works until completion of the scheme which is expected to be in Spring 2015. Northamptonshire Police are the enforcing authority and will be prosecuting drivers who break the average speed restrictions.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
Thursday 24 April 201420:00 until 06:00Westbound lane 1 closed at Junction 9 exit15-20 minutes
Thursday 24 April 201420:00 until 06:00Eastbound Junction 7 entry slip road closed15-20 minutes
From Wednesday 15 January 201424 hours per dayFull contra-flow will be in place.15-20 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

Week Commencing 21 April 2014

A full contra-flow is now in place.  Due to the reduction in lane widths during the operation of the contra-flow, drivers of HGV vehicles are advised to use lane 1. A free vehicle recovery service is also in place and drivers are advised to remain in their vehicle until assistance arrives.

Easter traffic management will remain in place although no work is taking place during this period.

Will there be diversions?

Clearly signed diversions will be in place prior to Junctions 7 and 9 on the A14 and at all approaches to the slip roads onto the A14 at junctions 7-9.

The local environment is a key factor in the design of our scheme and we share people's concerns about environmental impact. The environmental assessment process we use allows us to respond to important issues.

A number of environmental factors were taken into consideration during design including:

Air Quality

The scheme will have a negligible effect on both local and regional air quality.

Noise

The Highways Agency will take practical steps to mitigate noise arising from the A14.  Quieter surfacing will be used as a matter of course, and mitigation such as noise fencing  provided where appropriate.

Landscape

The potential for visual impact as a result of the scheme has been assessed. Landscape design proposals aim to integrate the scheme through the grading of earthworks and appropriate planting.

Cultural Heritage

There are no adverse effects expected on cultural heritage. Archaeological assets such as the undated enclosures close to the road are unaffected by the scheme.

Ecology

Wildlife, including birds, mammals and reptiles are present within the scheme boundary. We are continuing surveys to establish the extent of wildlife activity in the area. We are retaining as much of their natural habitat as possible and providing new planting and enhancement where needed. We will put in place measures to mimimise disruption to wildlife.

Water

Attenuation of flows and pollution control devices, within the drainage network, will be considered in the scheme's design.

Land Use

There is no disruption to current land use.

Leisure

Cycling facilities around the A14 will be retained after the scheme. No public rights-of-way routes will be directly affected by the scheme, although there may have to be some temporary restrictions during construction.

Leaflet

A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement - Public Information Exhibition Leaflet - October 2013
Leaflet for the October 2013 public information exhibition for the A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement scheme.
A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme - Scheme Information Leaflet
A leaflet about the A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme.
A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme - Public Exhibition Leaflet
A leaflet about public exhibititions for the A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme.

Newsletter

A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement - Newsletter 2 - January 2014
Issue 2 of our scheme newsletter to keep residents, road users and other interested groups informed about our work and the way we will carry it out.
A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement - Newsletter 1 - October 2013
Issue 1 of our scheme newsletter to keep residents, road users and other interested groups informed about our work and the way we will carry it out.