Minister Pledges To Bring Forward Towcester Relief Road
|Author: Luke Graystone||Published: 24th February 2017 11:46|
Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire, The Minister for Transport, the Rt Hon. John Hayes MP, receive the petition from Catherine Morris, the Chairman of the Towcester Bypass Action Group,
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.
Andrea started campaigning for the relief road before she was first elected, as residents have been clear that it is a priority and the original agreement didn’t provide a delivery date. Since then she has held meetings with Highways England, developers Persimmon Homes, Towcester Bypass Action Group, South Northamptonshire District Council, Northamptonshire County Council, the Minister himself, his direct predecessor Robert Goodwill MP, and others.
John Hayes said:
“After meeting Andrea and hearing town residents’ strong calls for the relief road to be delivered as close as possible to 2020, I will start doing all I can to ensure the road is built sooner rather than later.
“I know how important this road is for Towcester, and has potential to make residents’ lives better – cutting congestion, improving air quality and making journeys quicker.”
Andrea Leadsom said:
“I am extremely grateful to the Minister for coming to Towcester to speak with us about the relief road, and for his commitment to do all that he can to accelerate its delivery. We had a packed room in the Council Chamber, and my thanks go to Cllr Ian McCord for ensuring we could use the venue and to Cllr Richard Dallyn for chairing the meeting.
“Towcester residents deserve a town centre without endless HGVs passing along the High Street, and I have been working on this with the Conservative-led Council in South Northants. Catherine Morris, the Chairman of the Towcester Bypass Action Group, has also worked tirelessly to organise a petition calling for the early delivery and I believe it now has over 2,000 signatures. I understand that Northamptonshire County Council are considering de-trunking the A5 through Towcester and I am looking at measures to further reduce commuter traffic with Cllr Ian Morris and his Transport team.
“I am so pleased that the Minister has made clear that this is a priority for him and the Department for Transport, and that he will ensure the early delivery of the relief road. As a local resident myself, I can’t wait for its opening and will work with him to meet my ambition of 2020.”