South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has been given £4.5 million in funding to make improvements to the Abthorpe roundabout as part of its ongoing work to connect the Towcester Relief Road to the A43.
This money adds to the £3.1 million already secured by the council to make improvements to the Tove junction on the A43 and A5 - both key linking roads for towns in Northamptonshire.
A spokesman for the council said that the Abthorpe works, which are due to start from April 2015, will “relieve a major pinch point on the road network and also free up road capacity to support the development at Silverstone.”
The funding has been allocated as part of the Department of Transport’s Road Investment Strategy, which states that the new Abthorpe roundabout will “support the Towcester southern extension and help remove traffic from the centre of the town.”
This agreement could enable the project to be brought forward and begin earlier than expected.”
Councillor Mary Clarke - who is the leader of the council and board director of South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) - said: “This is really great news and this latest funding has resulted in SNC being instrumental in securing £7.6 million of Government funding towards infrastructure in South Northamptonshire.
“This funding shows that this Government recognises the importance of the A43 and its excellent local and strategic links to Towcester, Brackley and Silverstone as well as the M40 and the M1.
“The project is the second of two bids we submitted to the Department for Transport for a share of its Local Pinch Point Fund.
“Progress on the construction of the relief road is also extremely welcome news, the first published commitment by the Department of Transport coming after more than 20 years of public desire, evidence gathering and lobbying - a great result for this council.”
For more information on the road scheme, visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/road-investment-strategy-investment-plan