Northampton North-West Relief Road

​The Northampton North-West Relief Road will link the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road and serve the housing growth that is proposed to the west and north of Northampton. It will also help address existing congestion, particularly in Kingsthorpe, by providing another crossing of the river valley. 

Description of scheme

The Northampton North-West Relief Road will link the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road.  The section from the A428 to just south of the railway line will be constructed by the developers of Dallington Grange, and indeed the first part of this section has already been constructed as part of the Harlestone Manor development.  We will be responsible for building the section of road across the railway line to reach the A5199 Welford Road.

The scheme was initially developed in the early 1990s. A preferred route was agreed at that time, but this was subsequently dropped. That is why we need to consult on the route again.

Benefits of the scheme

The Northampton North-West Relief Road will reduce congestion in the north-west of Northampton, particularly relieving congestion in and around Kingsthorpe shopping centre, by providing a new crossing of the river valley.
The new road will also improve access to the motorway and other strategic roads from industry at Moulton Park, Round Spinney and Lodge Farm Industrial Estates.

What we are consulting on

We are proposing a slightly different route to that which was preferred in the 1990s because of new development that has happened.  This ensures that the road can continue further north as the Northampton Northern Orbital Route to complete the northern ring road to Northampton.

You can view the route we are consulting on below:

The exhibition boards for the consultation, which provide further information about both the North West Relief Road and Northern Orbital route, including environmental constraints plans and projected traffic flows can be viewed below:

Timeline of consultation events

A joint consultation on the Northampton Northern Orbital Route and Northampton North-West Relief Road begins on Monday 19 June 2017 and runs until Friday 4 August 2017.

We are holding a number of exhibition events where Northamptonshire Highways staff will be available to answer questions about the proposals. The dates of the exhibition events are outlined below.

​Kingsthorpe​Monday 3 July 2017​​9am to 7pm​Liburd Room

Whilton Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 7SB

​Boughton​Wednesday 5 July 2017​9am to 7pm​Boughton Village Hall
Butcher’s Lane, Boughton, Northampton NN2 8SH
​​Harlestone​Thursday 6 July 2017​9am to 7pm​Harlestone Village Institute

Please follow directions on  the Harlestone Village website

​Kingsthorpe​Saturday 8 July 2017​9am to 7pm​Pastures Community Centre
222 Welford Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 8PN
​Moulton​Friday 14 July 2017​9am to 7pm

​Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill, Reedings, Moulton NN3 7AX

​Pitsford​Saturday 15 July 2017​9am to 7pm​Pitsford Village Hall
High Street, Pitsford, Northampton NN6 9AS

The exhibition boards will be on display at Kingsthorpe Library, Welford Road, Northampton, NN2 8AG from Tuesday 18 July until Friday 4 August 2017. There will be no Northamptonshire Highways staff in attendance during this period.

How do I respond to the consultation?

There are three ways to respond to the consultation. 

  • Complete our online questionnaire
  • Write to Northamptonshire Highways at Northern Orbital Consultation, Northamptonshire Highways, Highways Depot, Harborough Road, Brixworth, Northampton NN6 9BX
  • Or e-mail

Scheme cost and how it will be funded

The total scheme cost is estimated to be in the region of £32m. Funding of £7.93m has been secured from the government's Growth Deal fund. The remainder of funding will come from developers, including the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

What happens next

Following the consultation a report will be prepared for the county council's cabinet meeting in November 2017 to recommend a preferred route for the scheme.

Possible timeline of key events

Subject to putting together a funding package and obtaining the necessary permissions, construction will start in 2019 with the scheme opening in 2021. A preferred route for the road will be established later in 2017.

Further information

The proposals for the North West Relief Road were reviewed through a feasibility study in 2012 produced as part of the evidence base for the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy. The study demonstrated that there are no major constraints to creating a road connecting the A428 Harlestone Road to the A5199 Welford Road.  The options looked at in this work have been superseded by the 2017 consultation.

You can download the feasibility study below:

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.