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.
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
The public consultation on the Northampton Northern Orbital Route and Northampton North-West Relief Road closed on 4 August 2017.
The comments received during the consultation period are now being collated and analysed. A report will be prepared for the county council's cabinet meeting in November 2017 to recommend a preferred route for the scheme.
Following the decision on a preferred route, further work will be needed to design the new road and gain the necessary powers and funding before construction can commence.
Subject to putting together a funding package and obtaining the necessary permissions, construction will start in 2019 with the scheme opening in 2021.
Previous public consultation
The consultation on the Northampton Northern Orbital Route and Northampton North-West Relief Road closed on 4 August 2017.
The route we consulted on can be viewed below:
The exhibition boards for the 2017 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:
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.