A5 Roadworks Between Towcester & Weedon

Update 3 Apr

Addendum to Update Bulletin 4 – 3.4.2020

Since Update 4 was posted on 19th March 2020, we have carried out milling and resurfacing of the southbound lane of the A5 in Phase 1, together with installation of temporary and permanent road markings in the following locations:

Northwards for a length of approximately 240 metres from a point south of the access to Bell Plantation. These works were carried out on the night of 25th / 26th March 2020.

Northwards for a length of approximately 700 Metres from a point just north of Jack's Hill Café to approximately 120 metres past the Caldecote turn. These works were carried out last weekend.

We are currently planning to carry out a mixture of reconstruction and resurfacing of the footpath alongside the southbound lane of the A5 in Phase 1 between 8pm Friday 3rd and 6am Monday 6th April 2020 in the following locations:

Northwards for a length of approximately 440 metres from a point just north of the access to Bell Plantation to just north of Jack's Hill Café.

Northwards for a length of approximately 600 metres from a point approximately 340 metres south of the Astcote turn to approximately 260 metres past the Astcote turn.

Please note that these footpath works need to be completed before resurfacing of the adjacent carriageway can be carried out. This is to minimise the likelihood of damage to a newly resurfaced length of carriageway which could occur if the sequence was reversed.

We are also carrying out drainage and kerbing works in Phase 1 during this weekend.

Access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads will be maintained over this weekend. Please take care when using the crossroads and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Marshals.

Drainage, kerbing and footpath works are continuing during weeknights in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth and Phase 2, which runs northwards from Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough).

We have also started overnight site clearance and tree removal in Phase 3, which runs northwards from Northampton Road (Litchborough) to Main Street, Upper Stowe.

Please note that overnight works in Phases 1, 2 and 3 will run concurrently from now until Thursday 9th April and for approximately two weeks after Sunday 19th April 2020. However, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained whenever possible. As previously requested, please take care when using the crossroads and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Marshals.

All overnight works are carried out between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

Please note that no works will be carried out on the A5 between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon Bec from 6am Thursday 9th April until 8pm Monday 20th April 2020. This is to accommodate both the Easter Holiday period and works on the M1 motorway which will require the A5 as a possible diversion route.

To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, the A5 will be closed to through traffic between the Towcester Roundabout (A43) and Weedon crossroads during our working hours.

All carriageways will remain open, as usual, when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances or restrictions placed on us as a result of the Coronavirus emergency.

I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 19 Mar 20

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS: A5 JACK'S HILL Multi-Disciplinary Project

Update Bulletin 4 – 19.3.2020

Since my last update on 12th February 2020, we have completed vegetation clearance and tree removal in Phases 1 and 2, from Tove Roundabout (A43) to Northampton Road (Litchborough).

These works were extended so that our specialist contractors could deal with windblown treefall and debris resulting from Storm Brendan.

Works are continuing in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, although we have completed CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to some of those pipelines using trenchless technology. We have substantially completed the clearing of vegetation from footpaths, repairs to the balance of existing drainage pipelines by excavating trenches, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system.

During the excavation of trial holes to locate mains and services, it was found that a substantial length of existing kerbing on the southbound side had gas and water mains running directly beneath. As a result, we have had to order shallower kerb / drainage units than expected and change the drainage outfall system. As I'm sure you will appreciate, the presence of the gas and water mains will make the process of removal and replacement of the existing kerb lines with the shallower type slower than originally planned. We have also been advised by our suppliers that, due to restrictions now in place as a result of the Coronavirus, the shallow kerb units may not be delivered for four to five weeks. This means that unfortunately, I'm unable to give a definite completion date for our works in Phase 1.

Works are also continuing in Phase 2, which runs northwards from Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough), although vegetation clearance, tree removal, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology are complete. Works including clearing of vegetation from footpaths, repairs to the balance of existing drainage pipelines by excavating trenches, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system are ongoing and will continue for the next few weeks.

We are also currently planning to carry out milling, resurfacing and application of temporary and permanent road markings to the southbound lane of the A5, from a point approximately 45 metres south of the access to Bell Plantation to a point approximately 100 metres north of Jack's Hill Café, on the nights of Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March 2020.

During these particular works, escorted access will be maintained along the northbound lane for Phase 1 escorted access permit holders and to Jack's Hill Café. Works across the access to Bell Plantation will not start until after 9pm.

Please note that overnight works in Phases 1 and 2 will run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained whenever possible*. Please take care when using the crossroads and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Marshals.

All overnight works are carried out between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

As you are no doubt aware, we successfully completed the installation of a new surface water drain across the full width of the A5 in Phase 1, approximately 250 metres south of the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, between 8pm Friday 21st February and 11pm Sunday 23rd February 2020.

We are now planning to carry out milling, resurfacing and installation of temporary and permanent road markings to the northbound lane of the A5, from a point north of the Duncote turn to a point north of the Astcote turn, between 8pm Friday 27th and 6am Monday 30th March 2020.

From 8am until 11pm on Saturday 28th March 2020, we shall also be carrying out saw cutting of the footpaths and carriageway and breaking out of existing kerb lines at the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, for the installation of an integral kerbing and drainage system.

*Please note that, due to the health and safety risks to our workforce and the travelling public created by the large number of heavy vehicle and plant movements during resurfacing operations and the restriction to carriageway widths caused by the kerbing works, the crossroads at Foster's Booth will be closed to all but escorted access permit holders over that weekend.

We are currently planning to carry out milling, resurfacing and installation of temporary and permanent road markings to the southbound lane of the A5, from a point north of the Duncote turn to a point north of the Astcote turn, between 8pm Friday 3rd and 6am Monday 6th April 2020. We hope to maintain access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads over that weekend.

Please note that no works will be carried out on the A5 between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon Bec from 6am Thursday 9th April until 8pm Monday 20th April 2020. This is to accommodate both the Easter Holiday period and works on the M1 motorway which will require the A5 as a possible diversion route.

To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, the A5 will be closed to through traffic between the Towcester Roundabout (A43) and Weedon crossroads during our working hours.

All carriageways will remain open, as usual, when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances or restrictions placed on us as a result of the Coronavirus emergency.

I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 12 Feb 20

Update Bulletin 3 – 12.2.2020

Since my last update on 29th January 2020, we have substantially completed vegetation clearance and tree removal in Phases 1 and 2, from Tove Roundabout (A43) to Northampton Road (Litchborough).

During the last few days, we have also managed to deal with windblown treefall and debris resulting from Storm Ciara,

As part of our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment whenever possible, we have used dead wood to form eco-piles. These eco piles provide habitats for various mammals, invertebrates, amphibians and insects.

Works currently being carried out in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth include clearing vegetation from footpaths, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines, repairs to pipelines using both trenchless technology and excavating trenches, trial holes to locate mains and services, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system.

These works will continue in Phase 1 for the next few weeks, with the exception of CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology as they will be completed this week.

Works currently being carried out in Phase 2, which runs northwards from Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough), include CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology. These works in Phase 2 will continue for the next few weeks

Please note that Phases 1 and 2 will run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained. Please take care when using the crossroads and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Marshals

Please also note that when we are carrying out kerbing and drainage works at these crossroads, traffic will be controlled with temporary 4-way traffic signals.
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there may be occasions when your journey across the A5 at these crossroads is delayed. I would ask for your patience and understanding whenever that happens.

These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

In my previous update, I advised you that we were planning to carry out a road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1, approximately 250 metres south of the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, to install a new surface water drain between 8pm Friday 14th February and 6am Monday 17th February 2020.

However, as local businesses have stressed the importance to them of St. Valentine's weekend, it has been decided to postpone these works so that local businesses can benefit from the road remaining open to traffic over that weekend.

Works will still be carried out overnight on Friday 14th February 2020 but the road will not be closed to through traffic until 9pm and will be re-opened again by 6am Saturday 15th February 2020.

Please note that our decision to postpone these works is a singular one, as our programme for this essential maintenance scheme cannot sustain too many unplanned delays.

We are now planning to carry out this road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1 between 8pm Friday 21st February and 6am Monday 24th February 2020.

To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, the A5 will be closed to through traffic between the Towcester Roundabout (A43) and Weedon crossroads during our working hours.

All carriageways will remain open, as usual, when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please continue to use these and ask others to do the same. I'm sure that your local business community would appreciate it.

I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 29 Jan 20

Customer Contact Centre: 0300 123 5000 www.highwaysengland.co.uk

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS: A5 JACK'S HILL Multi-Disciplinary Project

Update Bulletin 2 – 29.1.2020

Works to our essential maintenance scheme on the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, started on Monday 13th January 2020 as planned.

We are currently working in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth.

Works carried out to date in Phase 1 include: vegetation clearance, tree removal, clearing grass and vegetation from footpaths, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines, repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology, trial holes to locate mains and services, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system.

These works, together with repairs to pipelines by excavating trenches, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, will continue in Phase 1 for the next few weeks.

Vegetation clearance, tree removal, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology started this week in Phase 2, which runs from Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough). Excellent progress to site clearance and tree removal in Phase 1 has resulted in Phase 2 starting earlier than planned. These works in Phase 2 will continue for the next few weeks.

NB: Phases 1 and 2 will now run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained.

These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our works, cordless electric STIHL chainsaws are in the process of being purchased by our specialist contractor. These chainsaws are particularly intended for use in residential areas due to their reduced operational noise levels.

Please note that we are planning to carry out a road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1, just south of the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, over one weekend.

These works, to install a new surface water drain, are currently planned to take place between 8pm Friday 14th February and 6am Monday 17th February 2020.

Please note that the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, will remain open as usual when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please continue to use these and ask others to do the same. I'm sure that your local business community would appreciate it.

I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 9 Jan 20

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS: A5 JACK'S HILL Multi-Disciplinary Project

Update Bulletin 1 – 9.1.2020

As you may be aware, Highways England will be carrying out essential maintenance works to the A5 between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon until the end of July 2020.

These works are programmed to commence on Monday 13th January 2020.

The initial works to Phase 1 (from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads, Foster's Booth) includes vegetation clearance before bird nesting season commences and surveys of existing drainage pipelines.

These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive and are programmed to take approximately two weeks.

Please note that the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, will remain open as usual when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please continue to use these and ask others to do the same. I'm sure that your local business community would appreciate it.

I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 8 Jan 20

In response to a query by the PC about the use of the Banbury Lane/A5 crossroads during the roadworks, the following response has been received from Highways England:

"We will make every effort to maintain access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers Lane crossroads during our works.

However, there may be occasions when the type of works being carried out at the crossroads make that impossible.

Please be assured that notification of any such occasion will be given in advance so that drivers can make alternative arrangements."

The web site will be updated here whenever such information is received.

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Update 3 Jan 20

Signs on the A5 northbound leaving Towcester indicate that the roadworks will start on 13 January 2020.

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Between January 2020 and July 2020 there will be major roadworks along the A5 between the Towcester Roundabout and Weedon.

This will include tree and vegetation clearance, repair to damaged drains, repairing ditches, and resurfacing.

It will entail:

  • Week night closures (8pm - 6am)
  • Some full weekend closures (8pm Friday - 6am Monday).

This special page has been opened on the parish web site to keep residents informed of the progress. It will be updated regularly whenever information is received from the contractors or Highways England.

The initial warning letter from Highways England is below. This information shows:

  • Notification letter, giving the main details;
  • The main diversion map;
  • The non-motorway diversion map;
  • The planned phases of the project.