A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
Update - March 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.
Due to recent weather conditions, the installation of the sheet piling on the eastbound carriageway has been postponed. Work is now due to commence week beginning 10 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. Unfortunately, the installation of sheet piles is a noisy operation, but will be undertaken during the day to limit the impact to local residents.
We hope to continue on programme, but please bear with us if the bad weather continues and we have to slip our works.
We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all those affected by the installation of the metal barrier (Zoneguard) in January. We are working hard with our contractors to keep the noise level down as far as possible.
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.
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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
Will there be roadworks?
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.
The installation of the sheet piling on the eastbound carriageway is now due to commence on 10 March 2014 will last for approximately 6 weeks. 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. Unfortunately, the installation of sheet piles is a noisy operation, but we will undertake this work during the day to limit the impact to local residents.
Earthworks will continue, weather permitting during the day. We hope to continue on programme, but please bear with us if the bad weather continues and we have to slip our works again.
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.
|Date||Duration||Details||Allow an Extra|
|From Wednesday 15 January 2014||24 hours per day||Full contra-flow will be in place.||15-20 minutes|
How will you manage traffic?
Week Commencing 3 March 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.
Will there be diversions?
Clearly signed diversions are in place prior to Junctions 7 and 10 on the A14 and at all approaches to the slip roads onto the A14 at junctions 7-10.
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:
The scheme will have a negligible effect on both local and regional air quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attenuation of flows and pollution control devices, within the drainage network, will be considered in the scheme's design.
There is no disruption to current land use.
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 for the October 2013 public information exhibition for the A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement scheme.
A leaflet about the A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme.
A leaflet about public exhibititions for the A14 Junctions 7-9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme.
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.
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.