A6 road safety works on the Executive agenda

Parking, roads and transport

11 April 2024

£2.2m of funding from central government for safety improvements along a stretch of the A6 between Burton Latimer and the Chowns Mill roundabout will be discussed at next week’s meeting of North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive.

In 2023, selected councils were invited to submit bids for road safety improvements along known high level road safety routes.

The Department for Transport announced in March 2024 that NNC was one of 15 authorities to receive funding under the programme. Executive will now be asked to approve the £2.2m of funding so that work can start on the next steps and improving the safety levels along this particular section of the A6.

Proposed interventions include: 

  • Signalisation of the junction of the A6 at Higham Road, Burton Latimer, including the upgrade of pedestrian facilities.
  • Reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph between Finedon and Burton Latimer.
  • Measures along the length of the A6 to reduce speeds including central hatching
  • Measures along the A6 between A14 and A510 to improve land adherence including edge lines, clearing roadside hazard, guard railing.
  • Signalisation of the northern junction of the A6/Station Road near Irthlingborough.
To reach this point, Officers worked with the Road Safety Foundation to develop a recommended pack of interventions which it is hoped will reduce the number of incidents along this stretch of road.

If the report is approved, work will start on this important project. But in the meantime, as ever - I would like to take this opportunity to remind all motorists to drive safely and in accordance with the weather conditions.
Cllr Matt Binley, the council’s Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets
Road safety is of the utmost importance and something residents are also always raising with us. The funding we have been allocated from central government will make a significant difference to this particular section of the A6.Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

If the report is approved, a timeline will be set out for delivering the scheme to complete the work within the 2024 - 2025 financial year. Local members will also be kept up to date as the project progresses.

This latest round of funding will go alongside the previously announced funding for the highways network across North Northants.

The Executive will meet on Thursday 18 April at 10am in the Corby Cube and the papers are now available online. The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube.