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.

What options are we looking at?

We are currently consulting on two options for the Northampton Northern Orbital Route, either of which can be linked to one of the two options for the link to Moulton Park.

The route options can be viewed below:

These options are developments of two of the options we looked at in 2016. The exhibition boards from 2016 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

The exhibition boards for the current consultation, which provide further information about both the North West Relief Road and Northampton Northern Orbital route, including environmental constraint 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 that you can respond to the consultation:

  • Write to Northamptonshire Highways at:  Northern Orbital Consultation, Northamptonshire Highways, Highway Depot, Harborough Road, Brixworth Northampton NN6 9BX
  • Or email

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. 

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.

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.  

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:

Further information

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.