Your chance to steer direction for bypass

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DETAILS of the proposed routes for the Flore/Weedon bypass have been unveiled ahead of a consultation starting today (Thursday).

Northamptonshire County Council wants to know what the public’s preferred option is from four potential routes.

It can then make sure the land is not built on and use it to move ahead with trying to find funding.

Three public consultations are being held today (Thursday), tomorrow and Saturday with staff available to answer questions and discuss the options.

Stuart Young, chairman of Weedon Bec Parish Council, said: “We want as many people to go along as possible to see the maps in detail, and to ask questions of the officers involved.

“Leaflets show some of the information, but details like the visibility of the road, how high the embankments are, they’re not on them.

“Traffic through Weedon on the A45 has been increasing annually and we would welcome a bypass that takes that away from the village, along with Flore and Upper Heyford.

“We welcome public consultation on this, but we want it to be followed up by action.”

The locations for the consultations are: today (Thursday) Flore Millennium Hall from 2.30pm to 6.30pm; tomorrow (Friday) Weedon Bec Village Hall, from 1pm to 9pm; Saturday at Daventry’s Abbey Centre in Market Square, from 10am to 2pm.

The county council last asked people’s views on the bypass route more than 10 years ago.

Then the northern route – here the pink road – was picked as the public’s preferred option. Since then nothing has happened on the ground, but the bypass has continually been a priority for the council.

The lack of a bypass and the increasing traffic at the A5/A45 crossroads in Weedon is the limiting factor on the growth of Daventry.

But with public funds so tight at the moment a modified, and cheaper version of the old northern route has been created; the blue route.

That option is the cheapest at between £30 and £35 million, but would be limited to 50mph and could not be upgraded to dual carriageway.

Following the consultations, the council’s cabinet will decide the way forward based on the results.

There would need to be further consultation if any scheme was taken forward, and it would be a minimum of five years before a new bypass could open.

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