The A361 runs through Chipping Warden and serves as the main route between Daventry and the M40. The level of traffic through the village has long been a concern for local residents.
Description of the scheme
High Speed Two (HS2) is a high speed railway which will connect major cities in Britain. Permission was granted to build HS2 Phase One on 23 February 2017 which will provide a dedicated high speed rail service between London and the West Midlands and is expected to be open by 2026.
The A361 will be the approved route for construction traffic to access one of the main construction sites in Northamptonshire, located just to the north of Chipping Warden on the former airfield.
The transport assessment carried out by High Speed Two Limited has estimated that there will be a significant increase in traffic during construction, particularly HGVs.
To reduce the impact on local people, subject to obtaining the necessary powers, the Department for Transport has agreed to build the Chipping Warden Relief Road before the main construction compound is fully operational. They have also agreed to use the relief road for construction traffic as far as possible.
The Relief Road will be built in two stages. Stage 1 will extend from the A361 just north of Hogg End to a point north of Long Barrow but south of Stone House. The connection to the A361 will then be altered to suit the permanent road layout.
A plan of the proposed route can be downloaded below:
Landscaping and appropriate noise mitigation will be included as part of detailed design.
Benefits of the scheme
The Relief Road will remove the need for construction traffic and through traffic to travel via the village centre. The number of vehicles in the centre of Chipping Warden will reduce, improving air quality, noise levels and road safety. The Relief Road will be a permanent feature so the village will continue to benefit once High Speed Two is completed.
Scheme cost and how it will be funded
High Speed Two Limited contractors will design and build the Relief Road. We have agreed to make a £2 million contribution towards the cost of the scheme.
We undertook public consultation on possible routes for a Relief Road in summer 2014 and received 160 comments. Strong support for a relief road to the west of Chipping Warden was received.
High Speed Two Limited undertook public consultation as part of Additional Provision 2 in July 2015.
Possible timeline of key events
Detailed design is currently ongoing. Construction is expected to start in summer 2018. Further details will be provided here as they become available.
Further information will be available on the High Speed Two website as the project progresses.