Planned improvements to the A5/A45 crossroads in Weedon began earlier this week (Monday 5th August).
The changes for the crossroads will see a widening of lanes to improve journey times and ease congestion.
The scheme has been funded by the Government’s Growing Places Fund, managed locally by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, and is designed to help push forward housing and economic growth.
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Jim Harker, said: “This is good news for the county. It is one of the most important junctions in Northamptonshire and anything that can be done to improve the safety on the crossroads needs to be carried out.
“In addition it also supports economic growth in the Daventry area, which has to be welcomed, particularly as the UK economy moves into recovery.
“It in no way diminishes, however, the need for the Flore, Weedon, Nether Heyford bypass and the council is working hard to bring this major scheme forward as quickly as possible.”
“The Growing Places Fund was established for schemes such as this and I’m delighted that we’re seeing results, right here in Northamptonshire.”
1,000 new homes
The work, which is expected to take 12 weeks, will include extending the carriageway, creating additional lanes and installing ‘smart’ traffic lights to improve traffic flows. The project will also help to unlock new housing developments in Daventry, supporting the construction of over 1,000 new homes in the area.
Paul Southworth Chairman, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, said: “The junction is part of a key route between Northampton and Daventry and represents a major step forward in easing congestion and supporting new development.
"We at NEP are pleased to be giving our support to the scheme through the Growing Places programme encouraging new homes and new jobs, and paving the way for continued economic growth in Northamptonshire.”
NEP was allocated £5.8m under the Growing Places programme, launched in October 2011, to help boost local economic growth.
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