West Hunsbury Parish Council

Serving the people of West Hunsbury

West Hunsbury Parish Council

Clerk: Mrs Fiona Young
32 Holdenby Road, Spratton
Northamptonshire NN6 8JD

Tel: 07729 608062

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West Hunsbury Parish Council provides YOUR local services. We strive to make West Hunsbury a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and information for all. If you can't find what you want or would like to recommend any improvements to our website then please contact us

Our parish clerk, Fiona, is available on the contact details above, please note that our mobile phone is monitored between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday but as our Clerk works part time there is an answerphone available outside her usual working hours.

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Posted: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:36 by Fiona Young

M1 J13-16 Upgrade Scheme

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to inform you that we are close to completing the first section of the upgraded M1 motorway between junctions 13 to 16.

This will initially mean a fourth lane opens to traffic on the northbound and southbound carriageways.

When complete, the upgrade will bring vital extra capacity to the motorway, improve journeys by tackling stop-start congestion and maintain world-leading levels of road safety. More »

The upgrade to the stretch between Brogborough and Northampton also has a number of features to help drivers. These include extra technology such as the Motorway Incident Detection Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) system that sets automatic speed limits across all four lanes to smooth the flow of traffic and reduce 'stop-start' rapid changes of speed. Improved CCTV coverage helps our control centre operators to manage incidents, to reduce the speed limit, close lanes by using a Red X, display warning messages, and it helps them to advise the emergency or recovery services more effectively.

The section also has Stopped Vehicle Detection technology which identifies stationary vehicles, typically in 20 seconds, and alerts a control room operator who can see the incident on camera, close lanes and dispatch a traffic officer if necessary.

There is a safe place to stop every 1.1 miles on average including regular emergency areas, two service areas and four slip road exits.

We will be opening the project in phases, starting with the northbound and southbound carriageways between junctions 13 to 14, with the intention to open up junction 14 to Newport Pagnell Services shortly after. Work will begin on Monday night with four lanes open along the whole stretch from Friday (26 November) morning. A 60mph speed limit will remain in place over the coming weeks.

Safety is our top priority, and we open all of our motorway upgrades in a phased way to ensure that they are fully tested and operational before they go live and that there is a smooth handover from our roadworks teams to our control room operators.

While this is happening many of the safety measures from the roadworks, like reduced speed limits and a free recovery service, continue. The temporary CCTV used during the roadworks also remains in place, working alongside the new permanent CCTV installed as part of the upgrade.

We expect to complete the testing work during February 2022. After that, the roadworks will be fully removed and a variable speed limit of up to 70mph (the national speed limit) will be introduced.

I appreciate you will be aware of the Transport Select Committee recently published the findings of its inquiry into the rollout and safety of smart motorways. We are absolutely committed to making smart motorways as safe as possible and welcome the Committee's scrutiny. After three years, the construction of this section has been completed, allowing us to remove the traffic management and bring the extra capacity and benefits to the public.

In the meantime, we are considering its findings and recommendations in detail and are working with the Department for Transport to support them in the response that they will be making to the report.

If you have any questions, or if you would like any further information about the project, please contact the project team at the following email address: M1J13-16Smart@highwaysengland.co.uk » Less

Posted: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 11:38 by Fiona Young

M1 Weekend Northbound Closure

A reminder that the M1 between junctions 14 to 15 northbound will now be closed for 56 hours from 10pm on Friday 19 November to 6am on Monday 21 November. The closure will allow engineers to lower the motorway surface at Tongwell Lane Farm bridge and adjusting the gradients on the carriageway at Little Linford Lane bridge. This work is necessary because the bridge is currently too low for traffic such as lorries once this section of the M1 becomes a four-lane motorway. More »

As you can imagine, this is a significant piece of work, and we have to close the road fully to undertake it safely. If we are able to complete the work quicker than expected, we will re-open the road and will advise motorists and the public through social media and the electronic signs on the motorway itself.

Drivers should plan ahead and find alternative routes using the M40, A1 or M11 with the A14. We will also ask motorists to avoid this section of the M1 and surrounding roads if possible. Diversion routes will be clearly signed for the duration of this closure. We advise drivers to follow the signed diversion routes and not their own Satnavs. Please be considerate of residents living along the diversion routes by obeying the speed limits when using these roads when the M1 is closed.

Please visit our website to see the latest M1 road closure dates and the diversion routes at: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/M1junction13-16

We advise drivers to allow extra time onto their journeys. We will do our utmost to complete the work as quickly as possible and keep noise and disruption to a minimum. However, we acknowledge some operations may be noisy, for example, reversing bleepers must be operational on our vehicles for health and safety reasons.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us on 07469 391190. If you would like to know more about the project or register for email updates, please visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/M1junction13-16 » Less

Posted: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 11:36 by Fiona Young

In Memorium

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Chair of West Hunsbury Parish Council, Cllr Stephen Tomlinson.

Cllr Tomlinson has been a member of the Council since its inception in 2013 and has given many years of service to the residents of West Hunsbury.

He will be greatly missed by his fellow councillors and the wider community.

The Clerk and Councillors of West Hunsbury Parish Council pass on our sincere condolences to Cllr Tomlinson's family and friends.