24 January 2019

We’re making you aware of roadworks taking place on and around the A45 in the Wellingborough and Rushden area of the county, which could bring extra traffic congestion in the coming weeks.

Network Rail is continuing with work in the county as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. This work has already seen, and will see, bridges reconstructed to allow electrified wires to be positioned safely beneath them.

B571 Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough

Work on a bridge replacement has already started, which means the B571 Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough is currently closed.

Westbound A45 between Rushden and Irchester

The next scheme starts in February for the railway bridge replacement on the westbound A45 between Rushden and Irchester.

The westbound carriageway will be closed along with the westbound on slip road from Rushden.

The eastbound carriageway will run under contraflow. Works start 4 February and will last until 21 October.

Network Rail will hold public consultation events:
25 January: Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough - 9:00am to 5:00pm
26 January: Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Ditchford Road bridge

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire Highways are due to start work on 18 February to install a 3 tonne weight restriction and associated signage on Ditchford Road bridge.

Without a weight limit being imposed (and associated works to do his) there is a high risk that the route would have to be completely shut until permanent repairs can be carried out.

These works will take approximately two weeks and be under a full 24hr road closure. They will:

  • See the installation of a width restriction for a 3 tonne limit
  • Signage installed for a 3 tonne limit

Once the road is reopened the bridge will have a 3 tonne limit imposed.

The bridge has also suffered accident damage to its parapet, these works will be undertaken under signal control and follow on directly after the installation of the 3 tonne restriction.

Works to strengthen the bridge will be carried out at a later date, to be confirmed, so this weight limit can be lifted.

Chowns Mill roundabout - Highways England improvement works 

Highways England will be carrying out advance work to the existing carriageway on the A45/A6 Chowns Mill roundabout.

This is essential preparatory work for the main Chowns Mill roundabout improvement scheme, scheduled for early 2020.

The work will involve the installation of new duct crossings under the carriageway for utility and telecom providers, site clearance and excavation of trial pits to locate and hot tap a MOD redundant oil pipeline. Combining these works reduces overall disruption.

Work is due to start on 4 March, 2019 and is scheduled for completion by the morning of 8 March, 2019.

Highways England will work under full carriageway closures between 8:00pm and 6:00am, Monday to Thursday.

Please note that all planned roadworks may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

To maintain a safe environment for the workforce and customers, sections of the A45/A6 will be closed to through traffic while work is carried out and a 40mph speed restriction will be put in place on these arms of the roundabout.

During these closures fully signed diversion routes will be put in place.

For any questions about the work, please contact Highways England at: