Northamptonshire was dramatically improved today with the opening of
the A43 Towcester to M40 dualling scheme.
Turn to Brackley Hatch Improvement and M40 to B4031 Improvement.
The purpose of the scheme is to:
- improve road safety by reducing the number and severity of
- improve the environment in the bypassed communities of Silverstone,
Syresham, Pimlico and other villages
- reduce congestion along the route
- improve the layout of the M40 Junction 10
The scheme was opened by Northamptonshire CC chairwoman Pat Cass.
Speaking after the unveiling of a plaque on a commemorative boulder
on the new Silverstone bypass, Highways Agency group leader Peter
'I am delighted we are able to open this new scheme, which I know
will be much appreciated by residents and road users alike. This new
stretch of road will remove more than 22,000 vehicles a day from
local communities, which will make a tremendous difference to
'These improvements form the second, third and fourth schemes to open
to traffic from the government's£2bn Targeted Programme of
major road improvements aimed at tackling congestion and improving
Work on the 12 mile project, which completes the dualling of the A43
between the M1 and M40, was carried out by Costain Skanska Joint
Venture on behalf of the Highways Agency.
Highways Agency project manager Graham Wright said:
'In the last 16 months more than 2,500 people have been involved with
this project. We have moved more than five million tonnes of earth,
built five new junctions, nine new bridges and four culverts,
upgraded the bridge at Junction 10 of th M40, created 4.4 miles of
side roads, 28 miles of drainage and seven new laybys, and put up 30
miles of fencing. It is a phenomenal achievement and one we and our
contractors can be proud of.'
Although the road was opened today, there is still work to be done
and over the next few weeks minor finishing works will be carried
Mr Wright said: 'It is important that road users respect the new
road, obey the speed limit and take extra care as they get used to
the layout, especially when our contractors are working alongside the
Another part of the scheme to be completed is landscaping. Once this
is done more than 250,000 mature plants will have been planted,
including 56 acres of general planting, 73 acres of woodland and 15
miles of hedgerow. In addition, last weekend 10,000 daffodil bulbs
were planted along the verges at Welsh Lane by Towcester Young
Farmers as part of a fund-raising event for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Today's event also included a ceremony to name a new bridge where the
A413 crosses over the Silverstone Bypass as Whittlewood Bridge.
The bridge was named by Syresham resident Brenda Bonham in a
competition organised by the Highways Agency and Costain Skanska.
Mrs Bonham, who unveiled a name plaque on the bridge said:
'The Royal forest of Whittlewood encompassed Silverstone, Syresham
and Whittlebury and the Anglo-Saxon kings who hunted the forests must
have journeyed along the route of the A43. It seemed appropriate to
name the bridge after the whole area, not just one village.'
The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for
Transport, which manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk
roads and motorways in England on behalf of the secretary of state.
It works closely with other transport operators and with local
authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of
England's roads and other forms of transport. More information is
available at www.highways.gov.uk