Press release

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

A series of overnight closures will take place on the A14 between junctions 7 and 9 at Kettering from Monday 8 December as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing widening work.

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The closures are necessary for the installation of drainage and gantry signs, surfacing and work to tie in the new lanes to the existing carriageway.

Highways Agency project manager Mary Chatfield said:

Drivers should take care when driving through the works and remember that a 40mph enforcement remains in place for the safety of road users and our workforce. People should also allow extra time for their journeys and, when there is a full closure in place familiarise themselves with the diversion before setting off.

The following overnight closures will take place Sunday to Thursday 8pm to 6am, Friday 8pm to 8am and Saturday 8pm to 9am:

  • The eastbound carriageway and lane two of the westbound carriageway will be closed for two nights from Monday 8 December.
  • Lane one of the eastbound carriageway will be closed for three nights between Wednesday 10 December and Friday 12 December.
  • Lane one of the westbound carriageway and the entry and exit slip roads at junction 8 will be shut on Monday 15 December and Tuesday 16 December.
  • The westbound carriageway will be closed for two nights on Wednesday 17 December and Thursday 18 December.
  • Lane one of the westbound carriageway and the entry and exit slip roads at junction 8 will be closed for one night on Friday 19 December.
  • In the New Year there will be a full closure of the westbound carriageway for three nights from Friday 16 January.

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. A separate diversion will be in place for local traffic.

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 December 2014