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A5 Overnight Closures Around Saracens Head In Towcester

Author: James Rudd Published: 6th January 2011 16:38

Brackley Road and Watling Street A5 junction will be closed for 400 yards north and south for 5 nightsBrackley Road and Watling Street A5 junction will be closed for 400 yards north and south for 5 nights

Towcester residents and commuters face a week of traffic disruption starting on Monday 17th January 2011 when the Highways Agency start work on the junction of Brackley Road and Watling Street near the Saracens Head Hotel.

The Highways Agency told AboutMyArea/NN12 that the road will be closed from 6 pm to 6 am overnight, however if traffic is busy at 6 pm they will delay the start.

"The road will be closed for 400 metres north and south of the junction.

"Drivers coming to Towcester from the north will be diverted along the A43, drivers from the south and Milton Keynes are likely to be diverted at the Heathencote junction towards Whittlebury."

Highways Agency to start work on A5 in Northamptonshire to improve safety for road users

The Highways Agency will be carrying out a programme of road maintenance on the A5 in Northamptonshire during the first three months of 2011 to improve the quality and safety of the road surface.
The maintenance programme consists of five separate resurfacing schemes at different locations on the A5 due to the deterioration of the carriageway and emergence of cracks and pot holes.

The first set of works will be to resurface the A5 Kilsby Roundabout on Monday 10 January 2011 for seven nights. The remaining sets of works will follow the completion of this scheme:

  • Resurfacing of Towcester Crossroads (A5 junction with Brackley Road and Northampton Road) for seven nights.
  • Resurfacing of A5 Watford Railway Bridge (north of B5385 Station road) for three nights.
  • Three miles of resurfacing between Norton and Weedon near Daventry. This work will be carried out over three separate weekends.
  • Two and a half miles of resurfacing between Foster Booth and Heyford near Towcester for four weeks.

Once complete, these improvements will provide a safer road surface for motorists using the A5 in the East Midlands and reduce the need to carry out emergency repairs in the future.

The Kilsby Roundabout resurfacing work will begin on Monday and like all of the A5 resurfacing work, will be carried out overnight to reduce the impact on road users. To facilitate this work, it will be necessary to close the A5 overnight and a fully signposted diversion route will be in place.

Mark Braithwaite, Highways Agency route sponsor, said:
"The A5 requires resurfacing at a number of different locations in Northamptonshire to ensure it is maintained in good condition for road users. We are committed to minimising delays when carrying out road improvements so will be working overnight when traffic is at its lowest.

“Drivers are requested to allow additional time during our overnight closures to follow the diversion route and pay full attention to any traffic cones and temporary signs that will be in place.”


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