Abthorpe Roundabout Proposals
Kevin Harvey, a Project Manager with Highways England, commenting on the proposed new Abthorpe turning roundabout.
The recent exhibition in Towcester to allow the public to look at and comment on plans for the improvement of our Abthorpe roundabout close to McDonalds, was attended by many local people. Highways England has stated that the current roundabout suffers from congestion in peak periods and the junction layout is no longer adequate for current traffic volumes. These are set to increase even further once the A5 is diverted round Towcester and large new housing developments in both Towcester and Silverstone are completed.
Although new traffic lights are to be installed at our roundabout, Kevin Harvey a Projects Manager with Highways England explained that no such lights are planned for our Abthorpe turning. He stated that the other lights would provide windows of opportunity for motorists to get out of our turn. Drivers heading out of our turning heading for Towcester would immediately face traffic lights actually on the roundabout where it is joined by the southbound A43.
Two Towcester residents commented that this was similar to the new Tove roundabout by the Bell Plantation. There, drivers exiting the Greens Norton Road heading for Towcester had to seize their opportunities to get onto the roundabout and were then immediately confronted by traffic lights that to the unwary were unexpected. Both those drivers had experienced difficulties there and believed that the new proposals for exiting our turning were, for those wishing to drive across to Towcester, potentially dangerous.
The newly improved Tove roundabout at Bell Plantation already causes huge congestion at peak times and they believed the proposals for the new Abthorpe roundabout would only increase the problems. Surely it’s time for a rethink before it’s too late?
Extracted from About my Area newsletter