Higham Road (A45) Bridge Road improvement works

As part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade we are planning to reconstruct a section of the Westbound on Higham Road Bridge in Northamptonshire.

Higham Road Bridge lies on the Midland Main Line just to the east of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire (NN29 7HB). It is a split overbridge which carries both the east and westbound sections of the A45 dual carriageway (also known as Higham Road).

The section of the bridge carrying the westbound A45 dual carriageway has been identified as having insufficient clearance for the overhead line equipment being installed as part of the electrification of the Midland Main Line (electrified wires carrying 25,000 volts) and therefore needs to be reconstructed.

Work to upgrade the Westbound section of Higham Road bridge will begin on Monday 04 February 2019 and continue until late Autumn 2019.

To support this work, we will be establishing a contraflow on the Eastbound carriageway using a series of night time and day time closures.

4 until 6 February

Full overnight closure of the Eastbound section of the bridge (travelling from Wellingborough towards Rushden) between 20:00 and 06:00. Eastbound traffic to follow diversion route - A14. There will be no access from A5193, the Embankment and Ditchford Road onto Higham Road A45 during this time. Westbound carriageway remains open.

7 February until 3 March

Full closure of lane 2 Eastbound section of bridge. Lane 1 Eastbound remains open. Full overnight closures of the Westbound section (lanes 1&2) of the bridge. Westbound traffic to follow diversion route A14 between 20:00 and 06:00. There will be no access from both the A509 and Chester Road onto Higham Road A45 during this time.

9 February until 3 March

Full daytime closures of Westbound & Eastbound lane 2. Lane 1 Westbound & Eastbound remains open.

From 3 March until 16 October 2019 we will carry out the reconstruction of Higham Road Bridge with a full closure of the Westbound section of the bridge supported by a contraflow over the Eastbound section of the A45. All traffic from the junction adjacent to Ditchford Road (Eastbound) and before Chester Road (Westbound) will be directed onto the contraflow within these sections on either side of Higham Road Bridge.

Please note that the sections outside of the contraflow remains operational as a dual carriage way. There will be no access from the slip roads going Westbound on to the A45 throughout the duration of our works (A5001)


In addition, whilst the Eastbound carriageway does have sufficient clearance for electrification, its parapet walls need to be raised to 1.8m to maintain safe separation between electrified wires and bridge users.

Public information events

We held two public information events about this work on the 25 & 26 January 2019.

The events were held at:

25 January: Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough, NN8 1EY 


26 January: Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre, NN10 6FH

Other Improvements works in the area

We are currently working closely with Highways England which is also carrying out work in the area of Chowns Mill Roundabout to ensure disruption to drivers is kept to a minimum. However, delays are likely particularly at peak times and we would advise allowing longer for your journey.

Further details about the Highways England work


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