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A43 Lorry Overturns - Currently Closed At Towcester - Breaking News

Author: James Rudd Published: 12th July 2010 21:53

Lorry turned over causing A43 to be closed at TowcesterLorry turned over causing A43 to be closed at Towcester

Another lorry has overturned closing the A43 at the so called McDonalds junction of the A43 at the roundabout between Brackley Road in Towcester on the way to Abthorpe and the A5 roundabout at Towcester.

The A43 can't keep itself out of the news in the last week, firstly the fire at the Premier Inn a week ago, behind the Green Man at Brackley Hatch.

Extensive closures and one way systems over the latter part of last week and the weekend for the now annual F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

And now another HGV lorry has overturned almost exactly where concrete slabs fell off an articulated lorry earlier this year on the 9th March 2010.

Nick Holder, resident of Belle Baulk and effectively spokesman for the action group against further development had only in the last week highlighted how dangerous and congested this part of the A43 is near Towcester and might get worse if there was more traffic

No wonder the Highways Agency are nervous about any further connections to this vital link between the M1, M40 and almost the M4.

Sufficient to put a Highways Holding Order on the Persimmon Bloor housing application for 3000 homes in Towcester that has yet to be overcome and the will be determined by WNDC, although there is no further news on any developments.

The lorry appears to have been carrying something like jam jars, sees broken glass.

The overturned lorry has scattered glass over the area.The overturned lorry has scattered glass over the area.

South Northants Councillor Ian McCord, who came upon the scene on his way home to Greens Norton from the Council Cabinet meeting, said

“I hope everyone is safe.  This is the second accident here involving a heavy lorry in 4 months.

"This truck has demolished the rest of the safety railings that remained from the first crash just beside the pedestrian crossing.  

"We cant be lucky all the time and hope these things happen in early morning or late evening when no one is around. I appeal to the police and others to enforce the 40mph speed limit across that roundabout.  

'As a daily user of that roundabout I know that vehicles approach this far too fast. “

As of 22.45 on Monday 12th July Northants Police are hoping to have the road reopened by 2 or 3 am on Tuesday 13th July.

Cones and plastic net fencing now prolificate the junction. A43 has reopened


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P Hopkins
At 11:57 on 13th July 2010, P Hopkins commented:
Ironically, at the time of this accident, the Resources and Planning Committee of Towcester Town Council were meeting with local residents to discuss the application for a new 97 home development on land off of the Belle Baulk estate. Of major concern to the committee are the current traffic conditions experienced on the Brackley Road leading up to the spot of the accident, and the impact that further traffic from the proposed development will bring. Local residents are already having to experience significant delays at peak times and are concerned that with an additional 200 cars the whiole area will become grid locked as soon as there is the slightest of problems on the A43

The Committee agreed unanimously to object to the proposed Development and will be writing to WNDC (West Northamptonshire Development Council) today, Wednesday 13th to conform this.

The County Councillor for Towcester, Rosemary Bromwich has also pledged her support in ensuring that this open space ‘green belt’ farmland is not spoilt with an unwarranted development.

Residents have also sought support from the local MP Andrea Landsome, who is writing to WNDC to ensure that new Government policy is adopted, with decision making returning to locally accountable departments at South Northants Council. Andrea has highlighted her concerns on her website, http://www.andrealeadsom.com/issues/housing , and is quoted as saying;

“The only way to build sustainable communities is to let local residents and local councillors decide where and how many to build....

The development application and objections from local residents can be found at;


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