Catthorpe interchange improvements could ‘cut off the village’ and affect trading

Catthorpe interchange
Catthorpe interchange

A business manager is concerned the roadworks at Catthorpe will ‘cut off the village’ and affect trading.

Caroline England, manager of The Manor Farm Shop in Catthorpe, said the plans to improve the Catthorpe interchange could eliminate passing trade.

She said: “The final plans chosen have meant that the local access road from the village will be closed from September. This will mean that there will no longer be any access to the junction at all from Catthorpe.

“This will have a major impact on the businesses in the village who rely heavily on the passing traffic and those who nip off the motorway or A14 for a break and then hop back on it again so easily.

“A survey carried out at the farm shop in November 2013 found that 43 per cent of customers who used the farm shop during the course of the month came from the interchange, so this is a significant amount of customers to lose.”

A Highways England spokesman said: “We have regular meetings with stakeholders, including local residents and businesses, to keep them up-to-date with the project and address any concerns. A sign is in place on the A5 stating that businesses are open as usual. The road linking Catthorpe and Swinford is due to be closed from September and traffic will be diverted via Shawell until a new direct route between the two villages is constructed. We thank road users, residents and businesses for their continued patience as the improvement scheme continues.”