Towcester To Get A Bypass To The Relief Road
|Author: James Rudd||Published: 1st April 2017 04:45|
The yelllow line shows the original relief road route, the red line shows the new proposed route. Base map courtesy of Google.
The Towcester Bypass has been the topic of conversation in and around Towcester since the 1960s, yes that’s fifty years and counting.
In February 2017 the Minister for Transport, the Rt Hon. John Hayes MP, pledged his commitment to the early delivery of the Towcester Relief Road at a public meeting organised by the Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire, and Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of South Northamptonshire District Council.
The proposed scheme was to accelerate the delivery of the relief road in cahoots with the developers Persimmon Bloor who are about to build the Southern extension to Towcester.
There has been a lot of anguish on social media about whether the relief road, "Should be a dual carriageway?
"Will there be a weight limit through the existing A5 on Watling Street?
"Whether the A5 through Towcester will be de-trunked?
"The appearance of yet another roundabout on the A43 to name a few!"
All the plans seems to have one fault, they all take traffic travelling north up the A5 further away from the M1 and onto the A43 to face two roundabouts in quick succession, that is of course after two or three roundabouts on the relief road itself.
Further it has often been pointed out at both public meetings and in conversation that the developers would need to build a road in any event to facilitate the construction of their development.
AboutMyArea/NN12 has come across some interesting information that using the famous Section 104 - 17 monies that are available from developments in the district that Towcester will indeed get a new bypass.
However it won’t leave the A5 to travel west near Cow Pastures Lane and join the A43 near Swinneyford Farm.
This has all come about after the National Infrastructure Commission produced their new Strategic Infrastructure Planning - Interntional Best Practice Document on 23rd March 2017.
The proposed new route will break East before the Shutlanger Road and traverse behind Easton Neston and the racecourse and join the A43 between the Showsley and Tiffield Junctions.
The new route, puts the traffic firmly back on the M1, has only a roundabout on the A5, and has a proper junction on the A43.
Of course - there will be some huffing and puffing but perhaps now Towcester will get a proper bypass.