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A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement

Project status:   Completed
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   November 2013
End date:  April 2015


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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Where was the project located?

The works took place immediately from the east of junction 7 (A43) to immediately west of junction 9 (A509) on the A14.

Why was the scheme needed?

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 have created smoother and more reliable journeys, we have contributed to the region's economy and allowed for the increase in demand within the area that will occur as a result of the government's Growth Agenda to develop 40,500 homes in the area.

What work was carried out?

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

We have also resurfaced the existing carriageway at this location.

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

How did this benefit road users?

This project has benefited road users by relieving congestion, improving journey time reliability and improving safety by reducing driver stress.

How do I find out more information ?

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.

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 5 - May 2015
Issue 5 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 4 - 4 December 2014
Issue 4 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 3 - June 2014
Issue 3 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 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.