Council maps out route to favoured Flore bypass

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The long-proposed plans for a bypass for Weedon and Flore moved a step closer to reality following a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The planned A45/A5 bypass, which is likely to cost £36 million, was discussed at a meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s (NCC) cabinet.

It has agreed to the setting up of the Northamptonshire Revolving Infrastructure Fund to help deliver infrastructure to kick start jobs and growth across the county.

The bypass for Flore and Weedon was agreed as one of three key priorities for the county council.

News of the approval from NCC has been welcomed by people living in the area.

The chairman of Weedon Bec Parish Council, Stuart Jacks, said: “The Flore/Weedon bypass has been on the agenda for a very long period of time, almost decades, and it is a good to hear of this positive step forward.

“There are still some discussions on-going about where exactly it will depart and rejoin the A45 but this is a move in the right direction.”

He was also keen to stress that it is not just his village which will benefit if the bypass gets built.

Cllr Jacks added: “This is going to have an impact on Flore, Everdon, Dodford, all of the villages in the area depending on exactly where it is built.

“We all know the A45/A5 crossroads is one of the busiest areas, especially during peak hours and alleviate traffic concerns and be a very positive thing for the whole community.”

No timeline has yet to be put on when the bypass will be built.

Following the meeting, there will be further refinement of the business cases including design work to make sure the scheme is built.

This will then go back to the county’s council cabinet before a final decision is made on the plans.