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Multi-million pound scheme to tackle congestion at busy Northampton roundabout

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The Government has announced multi-million pound funding to help tackle congestion at a busy roundabout in Northampton.

The Department for Transport is give Northamptonshire County Council £2.1m to improve the Round Spinney roundabout, which connects the A43, Booth Rise and Lumbertubs Way and the surrounding area.

The total cost of the scheme has been estimated at £3.4 million.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “This scheme aims to tackle congestion and journey time reliability to facilitate a major development of 2,000 houses and associated employment adjacent to the A43 immediately north of the proposed improvements.”

Dozens of towns and cities are set to benefit from government funding to tackle congested local roads and improve key points in the strategic road network, as well as new initiatives to drive forward rail electrification.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, said: “These projects will benefit communities up and down the country and help keep Britain moving. By investing in our local and regional transport infrastructure we can help support new jobs and boost our overall competitiveness in the global economic race.”

Round Spinney roundabout is one of 25 ‘pinch point’ schemes across the country to receive investment.

Work is expected to start in June and finish in December.

Part of the A43 was already due to be made a dual carriageway near the new homes, which will be called Overstone Leys, and it is understood some of the cash announced today will be used on this scheme.

This week, it was also revealed the £190m improvement of the Catthorpe Interchange, which links the M1, M6 and A14 is due to start in January.

 

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