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Traffic chaos

Reported via mobile in the Roadworks category anonymously at 17:00, Saturday 31 July 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

Absolute traffic chaos in the area all day and 1 hour queues to get out of Rushden lakes due to chowna mill road closures, poor / no signage diverting people from A6 north to Rushden lakes, what clown decided to put these works in place on pay day weekend when Rushden lakes is its busiest ????

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England concerning congestion at Rushden Lakes. We shall look into this issue and aim to provide a response by .

    Can we please ask that you check back on this date for an update.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 09:25, Friday 13 August 2021

  • Thank you for contacting Highways England via Fix My Street regarding the signage and diversion route for the A45 closures. I am Paul Valentine, the Public Liaison Officer from Carnell, the principal contractor appointed by Highways England to carry out the improvement works. We were very sorry to hear about the problems that you encountered and do understand your concerns. The A45 Eastbound was closed between Rushden Lakes to Stanwick, through the weekend of 30 July – 2 August. In an effort to minimise disruption, we ensured there was advance warning of this planned closure in the media along with a series of road signs, highlighting both the A45 Chowns Mill closure and the diversion route. These were put in place along the A45 from the M1 along the A45 to Wellingborough and along the A45 to Rushden Lakes. A diversion route was clearly signed directing traffic at Wellingborough to the A509 to the A14. The diversion route was carefully chosen and agreed by the police and local authorities. The route diverted traffic away from Rushden. We advise all motorists to use the signed diversion route for safety reasons. I understand how frustrated it must have felt, to have been caught up in the congestion at Rushden Lakes, many drivers attempted to drive through Rushden and then encountered temporary traffic signals on Northampton Road. This created congestion which was very disruptive for other road users. We’re working with the developer on Northampton Road Rushden to ensure the temporary traffic lights are removed during our next weekend closure There are further road closures planned for the A45 Chowns Mill, which I have included the information below. I hope that this proves to be helpful for you.

    For further information, please visit the A45 Chowns Mill website on the link below. our-work/ east-midlands/ a45-a6-chowns-mill-roundabout-improvement/

    If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at: • 0300 123 5000


    Please quote 22008068 to discuss this matter further.

    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 11:22, Friday 13 August 2021

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