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 - May 2015

The A14 Junctions 7 to 9 has now opened all three lanes to traffic at national speed limit during the day. We will be continuing to close out the finishing works both during the day and in conjunction with the surfacing works at night.

For the latest information on possible travel disruption to your route, please check Traffic England to plan your journey.
 

A14 Resurfacing Works – 11 May 2015

Resurfaing works have now begun on Monday 11 May 2015. Works will be undertaken between junctions 7 and 9 in both directions. The Eastbound carriage towards Cambridge will be done first. This resurfacing is taking place due to the carriageway having deteriorated significantly during the last 12 months.

Highways England are carrying out a large programme of work as quickly and as efficiently as possible, investing in the economy and supporting growth in the area. There are other major projects currently under construction in this area, which are:

  • M1 Junction 19 improvements, A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement and M1 Junction 16 to 19 Smart Motorway Scheme.

For the latest information on possible travel disruption to your route, please check Traffic England to plan your journey

What is happening?

We have enhanced the A14 between junction 7 and junction 9 by providing an extra lane in each direction. The scheme has been constructed within the highway boundary and has not required any land take 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?

The works took place immediately from the 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 the third lane on both carriageways was opened for traffic 01 May 2015.

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 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.

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 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.

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?

Yes, roadworks will be needed. The existing carriageway will be resurfaced and new roadmarkings laid. Works will take place from the 11th May until 11th July.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
Monday 11 May – Friday 22 May2000 - 0600Full night time closure of the Eastbound carriageway between J7 and J915 - 20 minutes
Tuesday 19 May – Friday 22 May2000 - 0600Night time Westbound Lane 3 closure between J9 and 715 - 20 minutes
Thursday 28 May - Saturday 30 May2000 - 0600Night time Westbound Lane 1 Closure between J9 and J715 - 20 minutes
Tuesday 26 May - Friday 5 June2000 - 0600Full night time Eastbound lane closures between J7 and J915 - 20 minutes
Friday 5 June - Saturday 20 June2000 - 0600Full night time closure of the Westbound carriageway between J9 and J715 - 20 minutes
Saturday 20 June - Thursday 9 July2000 - 0600Full night time Westbound lane closures between J9 and J715 - 20 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

All works will be carried out at night. When the road is closed diversion routes will be clearly signed.

Traffic will be managed dependant on lane closures.

Will there be diversions?

Overnight please follow the strategic diversion route.

There may be some emergency temporary closures to repair potholes and in these instances please follow the signed diversion routes.

During full carriageway closures long distance traffic travelling between the A1 and M1 are directed to use the strategic diversion route:

 

Eastbound: Exit the A14 at junction 7 onto the A43. Continue on the A43 until Stanion, at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A6116. Follow the A6116 to re-join the A14 at junction 12.

 

Westbound: Exit the A14 at junction 12 onto the A6116 at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A43. Stay on the A43 to re-join the A14 at junction 7.

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.