Press release

Overnight closures on the A14 Junction 7 to 9 at Kettering, Northamptonshire

Two weeks of overnight closures will take place on the A14 between junctions 7 and 9 at Kettering from Monday 6 October as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing widening work.

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The closures will enable contractors to install safety barriers, noise fencing and drainage as well as carry out horticultural work on the new embankments.

The eastbound carriageway will be closed for seven nights from Monday 6 October, followed by a week of closures on the westbound carriageway. All entry and exit slip roads will also be closed.

Highways Agency project manager Raymond Chitwanga said:

The closures will enable us to continue making good progress on the scheme. We would also like to give early warning of further carriageway and lane closures between now and December to install safety barriers, gantries and signs and to surface the areas where the new lanes tie in to the existing carriageway.

We advise drivers to take extra care on their journeys during this time as the road layout will be changing considerably and would like to remind them that a 40mph enforcement remains in place throughout the roadworks for the safety of road users and our workforce.

Closures take place from 8pm to 6am Monday to Thursday nights, 8pm on Fridays to 8am the following morning, 8pm on Saturdays to 9am the following morning and 8pm on Sundays to 6am the following morning.

During the closures through traffic will be diverted off the A14 at junction 7 and along the A43 and A6116 to re-join the A14 at junction 12, or vice versa.

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 the Highways Agency aims 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.

Further information about the project is available on the scheme’s website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 2 October 2014