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 - March 2015

Works are now taking place in the central reserve. New lighting columns and head units have been installed up to the services and work is progressing towards J8. In addition, drainage works have also commenced in the central reserve area and the central reserve concrete barrier has been instaled under Pytchley Bridge.

As works commence in the central reservation the Zoneguard will be removed, we are aware that this is a noisy procedure and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvinence caused.

The closure of the Junction 8 Westbound entry slip in February allowed for the completion of the top soiling.

The majority of the planting on the Eastbound carriageway is now complete and planting is due to commence on the Westbound in the second week of March. Specific trees and shrubs that are high berry producing will be planted to enhance the soft estate for local bird populations. We will be planting native belts of trees and shrubs, native hedges and woodland edges.
The species we will be planting are Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Wild Privet, Blackthorn, Buckthorn, Dog Rose, Field Maple, Downy Birch, Common Dogwood, Wild Cherry and Guelder Rose.

We have a programme of closures in place for March and further information is available on the Journey Impact tab. For the latest information on possible travel disruption to your route, please check Traffic England to plan your journey.

Please note that the 40mph speed limit will remain in place until the end of the scheme to protect road users and roadworkers as they complete remaining works on the eastbound and widen the westbound carriageway.

 

Traffic Management

Traffic is now running in lanes 1 and 2 in both directions between junctions 9 and 7 of the A14 to provide the necessary working space for the central reserve. Due to safety reasons drivers of HGV vehicles are required to use lane 1 only on both the eastbound and westbound carriageways.

A free vehicle recovery service is also in place and drivers are advised to remain in their vehicle until assistance arrives.

There may be some emergency temporary closures to repair potholes and in these instances please follow the signed diversion routes. Long distance traffic travelling between the A1 and M1 are directed to use the strategic diversion route from A14 junction 12 via the A6116 and A43 to re-join the A14 at junction 7 or vice versa.

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.

The Highways Agency is 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 J19 improvements
  • A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement
  • M1 J16-19 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 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?

Traffic is now running in lanes 1 and 2 in both directions between junctions 9 and 7 of the A14 to provide the necessary working space for the central reserve. Due to safety reasons drivers of HGV vehicles are required to use lane 1 only on both the eastbound and westbound carriageways.

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
Sunday 29 March - Tuesday 31 March 20152000 - 0600Full closure of the Westbound carriageway between J9 and J7 for a Traffic Management switch15 - 20 minutes
Tuesday 31 March - Thursday 2 April 20152000 - 0600Full closure of the Eastbound carriageway between J7 and J9 for a Traffic Management switch15 - 20 minutes
Tuesday 7 April - Friday 10 April 20152000 - 0600Full closure of the Westbound Carriageway between J9 and J7 for Gantry Sign erection15 - 20 minutes
Friday 10 April - Sunday 12 April2000 - 0800Full closure of the Eastbound carriageway between J7 and J9 for Gantry Sign erection15 - 20 minutes
From Wednesday 15 January 201424 hours per dayFull contra-flow will be in place15-20 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

Week Commencing 16 March 2015

Due to the safety and recovery restrictions, drivers of HGV vehicles travelling eastbound and westbound are advised to use lane 1. Any other types of through traffic not wishing to come off at junctions 7, 8 or 9 we encourage you to use the contra-flow lane to ease congestion.

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?

Week Commencing 16 March

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 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.