Consultation shows support for bypass

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The results of a consultation on a proposed bypass for Chipping Warden has shown strong support.

The consultation, carried out by Northamptonshire County Council, asked if people wanted a bypass and which was their preferred route.

The results showed strong support for the road in principle with 86 per cent of those that had a preferred route favouring a western one.

The A361, which runs through Chipping Warden, has been identified as a road that will be used by vehicles involved in the construction of the government’s proposed HS2 High Speed Rail project.

The HS2 proposal offers the chance to pursue the bypass and NCC is hoping to secure government funds for it.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “The A361 is a busy road and villagers in Chipping Warden are even more concerned about traffic volumes in light of the construction traffic which would come with the building of the HS2 project. We have a unique opportunity to demonstrate a need and desire for a relief road for the village and I’m delighted that so many people have demonstrated their support.”

The results will now be used by NCC to try to secure funding for the bypass.