A361 village bypass plans are revealed

‘Western options’ are leading the public’s choice for a bypass of the A361 around Chipping Warden.

The potential for hundreds of extra lorries on the A361 for the construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line has prompted Northamptonshire County Council to plan for a bypass around the village and on Tuesday and Wednesday last week they asked villagers for their thoughts.

Speaking to the Daventry Express, NCC’s team leader for transport planning Chris Wragg said: “This village has been identified as a particular problem due to HS2.

“The old airfield at Chipping Warden has been identified as a work site, which would mean 890-1,300 extra vehicles going to and from that site along the A361 to the M40 every day. That will have a major effect on the village.

“As HS2 will be approved by an Act of Parliament, we have had to petition Parliament with any concerns we feel need to be addressed if HS2 goes ahead. One thing we raised was the impact of traffic on Chipping Warden.

“The examination of those petitions starts next week.

“But as HS2 construction is currently set to start in 2017, we need to work now so when the time comes there will be fewer problems.

“The exhibition last week was very useful. There is good strong support for the western routes which are shorter, but there’s also some for the eastern one. We also got a lot of local information from the residents which will help us going forwards.”