29 September 2014

The route of the proposed A45 Flore, Upper Heyford and Weedon bypass has been modified to help avoid potential delays to the start date of the project.

A report to be heard by Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet next week outlines the progress that has been made with the scheme, which is also known as the Daventry development link road.

How has the project progressed?

Since cabinet approved a route in March this year discussions have been ongoing with landowners along the 3.5mile route.

While those to the east of the proposed junction with the A5 road have agreed in principle to selling their land for the road to be built, it would only be possible to acquire some of the land to the west of the A5 by compulsory purchase order (CPO).

As it is anticipated that following the compulsory purchase process would delay the start of construction from summer 2015 to summer 2016, it is believed that modifying the route would reduce the likelihood of having to introduce CPOs.

Talks have continued with the landowners west of the A5, and agreement in principle has been reached that they would sell the land along the revised alignment.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “The A45 improvement link is a key priority for the county council and has been for a number of years.

“The compulsory purchase process can be a very costly and time-consuming procedure so slightly modifying the route is by far the best option in working to avoid this scenario.

“This is an exciting initiative which will greatly help economic development in the county by improving infrastructure and bringing improvements at a local level by alleviating traffic pressures in a number of villages.”

Next steps

This scheme is to be delivered using the county council’s innovative revolving infrastructure fund, and as agreed at the Cabinet meeting in June 2013 a business case for the scheme is currently being developed.

A construction contractor for the A45 Daventry development link is currently being appointed.