Bypass for Flore and Weedon on cabinet agenda

THE long awaited Flore and Weedon bypass for the A45 will be discussed by Northamptonshire County Council.

Proposed improvements to the A45 road between Daventry and Northampton, which would effectively provide a by-pass for the villages of Flore, Upper Heyford and Weedon will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next week.

The councillors will be asked to approve the route and also endorse using an innovative way of funding the scheme, which would see local authorities, developers and contractors working together.

As well as reducing traffic flow in the villages the road is crucial for development in the Daventry area. Previously a planning inquiry found no more than 1,000 homes could be built in Daventry before the increased traffic would require an upgrade to the current A45.

A full public consultation was recently held by Northamptonshire County Council to determine which one of four routes would be preferred.

The bulk of the support was for northern route, Option A, which would cost an estimated £40m to £45m and form a 5.9km single carriageway west of the M1 at junction 16 running to a junction with the A5 north of Weedon/Flore, and then on to join the current A45 near Dodford.