22 February 2016

People can have their say on Northamptonshire County Council plans for a new road to the north of Northampton.

People will be asked for their views on what is known as the Northern Orbital Route, which would connect the A5199 and the A43.

The consultation will run until 8 April. Additionally exhibitions will be held at the end of February and in March showcasing plans and allowing people to make comments.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure and economic development, said: “We’re one of the fastest growing counties in the country with much of this growth focused on Northampton in particular.

“As such it’s essential that we have the infrastructure in place to accommodate this growth. The north of Northampton is already very congested with traffic so it’s important that we build the roads needed to alleviate some of these pressures.

“The north-west and northern relief routes are the missing pieces of the Northampton ring-road and connecting with Moulton Park will also give an additional economic boost.”

Why your opinion is important

People’s views are needed because even though it is broadly known where a road is required, a specific route has yet to be determined. Resident and road user views, concerns and suggestions are being sought as there are many differing needs and environmental constraints which need to be taken into account when looking at ways to ease congestion.

The Northern Orbital Route would connect with the proposed Northampton North-West Relief Road, which would link the A428 with the A5199.

Providing a new link between the A428 and A43 to the north of Northampton is seen as key to providing the road capacity needed to accommodate development proposals at Dallington Grange, Buckton Fields, and Northampton North, as well as improving access to Moulton Park industrial park, and alleviating current traffic problems in villages.

It is anticipated that a report will be presented to the county council’s cabinet later this year outlining a preferred route for the Northern Orbital Route.

Is there a public exhibition?

The public exhibition, where staff will also be available to discuss options in more detail, will take place at Moulton College on Friday, 26 February between 9am and 9pm and on Saturday, 27 February between 9am and 3pm. The display will be in the Kelmarsh Suite of the Management Centre – the sat nav postcode to Gate 4 in Pitsford Road is NN3 7QL, then college signs can be followed to the Management Centre.

The exhibition boards will then be available to view at Kingsthorpe library during normal opening hours from Monday, 29 February until Saturday, 12 March.