£7 million plan to widen roundabout on major Northamptonshire road.

The proposed redesign of the A43 Abthorpe roundabout. The A43 itself runs from top left to bottom right here.

The proposed redesign of the A43 Abthorpe roundabout. The A43 itself runs from top left to bottom right here.

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The public can talk to Highways England direct next month about a major upgrade on the A43.

Highways England is carrying out the £7 million scheme to widen the Abthorpe roundabout junction at Towcester: upgrading the layout, approaches, signals and crossing facilities.

The scheme will also give the roundabout the capacity it needs for the future: supporting thousands of new homes and jobs in the area and an expected increase in traffic volumes.

Members of the public can meet the project team at an engagement event on Saturday November 7 to discuss the improvements.

Work on the scheme is expected to start in January.

Kevin Harvey, project manager for Highways England, said: “As part of record government funding, this scheme will help boost the local economy and support up to 4,650 new homes in the area.

“This is about improving the roundabout for everyone concerned: as well as better, more reliable journeys for our road users, we’ll also be making the junction safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.”

The scheme will be carried out in two phases to minimise disruption as much as possible. Phase one will take place between January and summer 2016 with service providers undertaking advance work.

Phase two, between summer 2016 and spring 2017, will the main work being carried out – the road widening, erection of retaining walls and installation of the signals equipment.

Due to the closeness of the roundabout to nearby homes, phase one is likely to be carried out during the daytime to avoid noise at night. Phase two will also be predominantly day working with narrow lanes working. Some night time working and closures will be required where necessary.

Highways England will announce further information about dates and traffic management nearer the commencement of the scheme. The scheme webpage will be regularly updated.

The engagement event is being held at Towcester Community Centre in Islington Road between 10am and 3pm.

Alternatively if you have any queries about the scheme call Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk.