Northampton Northern Orbital Route

The Northampton Northern Orbital Route is a proposal for a new road which will relieve traffic from the north of Northampton and surrounding villages.

Description of the scheme

While other new roads, such as the Northampton North West Relief Road, will relieve traffic from some parts of north-west Northampton, they will not provide a complete ring road around the north of the town. The county council has identified the need for such a road, both to deal with current traffic problems and to provide the capacity needed to accommodate future development.

While a preferred route has still to be determined, the proposed new road will link the A5199 and Northampton North West Relief Road between Kingsthorpe and Chapel Brampton with the A43 north of Moulton. The new road will also connect with the Moulton Park industrial estate.

Benefits of the scheme   

Completing a new ring road to the north of Northampton will reduce the amount of traffic passing through northern parts of Northampton, and a number of surrounding villages such as Boughton, Moulton and Pitsford. The road will also create a new route for traffic heading to the Moulton Park industrial estate.

The Northampton Northern Orbital Route is also needed to support the growth proposals to the north and west of Northampton where some 10,000 new homes are to be built at sites such as Dallington Grange, Buckton Fields and Northampton North. The road is expected to create capacity for future development beyond that already planned.

Scheme costs and how it will be funded

An estimated cost for the scheme will be developed as work progresses. It is anticipated that the road will be funded by a combination of government and developer funding. 

Previous public consultation

The first public consultation on the Northampton Northern Orbital Route closed on 8 April 2016.  

Four route options were consulted on and can be viewed below:

The exhibition boards from the consultation which provide further information about the scheme, including environmental constraints plans and projected traffic flows used to inform the development of the four possible routes and can be viewed on the links below:

A report summarising the feedback we received from the consultation can be viewed on the link below:

Following comments made in the consultation we have also prepared a short technical note on two alternative route options which can be viewed on the link below:

What happens next

Due to the unexpected announcement of a general election, the previously advised consultation on the Northampton Northern Orbital Route and Northampton North-West Relief Road has to be delayed, as local authorities are unable to launch consultations during election periods. The consultation will now begin on 19 June 2017 and run until 4 August 2017.

The consultation material, which will include revised routes for the Northern Orbital development since the previous consultation in 2016, will be available on this website immediately before the start of the consultation.

Dates for public exhibitions will be published in due course.

Further information

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.