A45 bypass plan one of new ‘top priorities’

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IMPROVING the A45 between Daventry and Northampton has been listed as a ‘top priority’ in a new report.

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has this week published a draft copy of its transportation plan, which examines what measures are needed to deal with economic and population growth.

The document says: “Initial top priorities include improvements to the A45 between Daventry and Northampton, including a Flore, Weedon and Upper Heyford bypass.”

“There is a danger that economic growth and prosperity will be slowed or stalled altogether without further investment in this route to address infrastructure gaps and improve reliability.”

Long talked about plans to improve the A45 have ground to a halt over the past couple of years due to a lack of money and no extra housing being built in Daventry to create the overwhelming need for it.

But the road is now back on the agenda and NCC has begun a consultation period to get public views on the future of county transport.

Paul Holdsworth, from Flore, has been campaigning for 25 years to get the bypass built.

He said: “I think the majority of Flore is in favour of this but realism has to prevail and we’ve seen it all before.

“The A45 is criminal at the moment because we have thousands of huge lorries going through Flore all the time.

“It would be great to see the plans go ahead.”

People have until Friday, January 20 to have their say. A series of workshops have been organised across the county and views can also be given in writing or via email.

The Daventry workshop will be on Thursday, December 15 at the Abbey, Market Square from 1pm until 2.30pm.