THE cabinet at Northamptonshire County Council has backed a preferred route for the proposed Weedon and Flore bypass.
At a meeting last week the cabinet gave it’s approval to the Option A route – leaving the current A45 between Dodford and Weedon and running to the A5 north of the Weedon crossroads, then north of Flore and Upper Heyford and linking to the M1 at junction 16.
The proposed route would cost an estimated £40 million to £45 million and form a 5.9km single carriageway road. Although the speed limit for the initial road will be lower, the route will be designed so vehicles could travel at 70mph meaning it will be suitable for converting into a dual carriageway in future.
A planned extension to the route carrying it around the south of Dodford has officially been put on hold for the time being, but technical work will need to be carried out to mitigate the traffic flow through Dodford on the A45.
Improving the A45 between Daventry and the M1 was identifed by a planning inspector as a necessary part of expanding Daventry’s population, which DDC says is, in turn, key to attracting a wider range of shops and other facilities to the town.
Building the road is likely to be a long way off, and local campaigners have been calling for a bypass for around 60 years.