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Traffic schemes get 13.5m boost

The A14 in Northamptonshire
A14 congestion is expected to grow when more homes are built

Nearly £13.5m is to be spent on schemes in Northamptonshire to accommodate expected traffic growth from housing.

More than half the Department for Transport money, £6.87m, will be spent on transport systems, cycle routes and footpaths across Northampton.

A new fast bus link between Northampton and Wellingborough will get £5.3m.

Traffic monitoring and control systems on slip roads to control vehicle access to the A14 near Kettering at busy periods will receive £1.3m.

This money will come from the Community Infrastructure Fund and will also support 189 jobs, a government spokesman said.

Traffic metering system

Transport Minister Paul Clark said: "Transport is essential to supporting housing growth.

"The Community Infrastructure Fund is real evidence of the significant focus that Government places on this critical policy."

The Northampton Borough Council website said the measures would support new housing developments while also reducing the wider traffic impact associated with growth in Northampton.

"They will provide the infrastructure required to facilitate a reduction in car based journeys.

"The four key elements are a bus priority scheme linking new housing to the town centre and the railway station, cycleway improvements, better signage and development of a leisure and utility route."

The A14 scheme, called ramp metering, will control access by traffic signals releasing only small numbers of vehicle on to the road when it is busy.

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