03 November 2016

Plans for an A422 by-pass to the north of the village of Farthinghoe will be heard at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet next week.

Public consultation on the bypass took place late last year with the local community asked for its views on a northern or southern route.

Out of the responses, 76 per cent said that Farthinghoe needed a bypass with 51 per cent of respondents preferring a northern route compared to 26 per cent favouring the southern option.

If Cabinet approves, the scheme will be added to the county council’s list of major projects and work carried out to develop it further.

Major project

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “There is quite a severe congestion problem in the village of Farthinghoe due to the road width being insufficient for two HGVs to pass, and this will be exacerbated by the level of development proposed in Banbury and Brackley.

“I’m pleased that this scheme now can be added to our list of major projects and it can be progressed. However the challenge still remains to find funding for the project in a time when there is little money available nationally.”

The next steps will be for further technical work to take place, including environmental assessment, before generating a more specific preferred route for the scheme.