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Dept for Transport Announces De-Trunking A5 Review

Author: Jonny Ball - Conservative Published: 4th May 2021 14:30
Maggie Clubley, Miranda Wixon, Louisa Fowler at the site of the Towcester Relief Road that is under construction Maggie Clubley, Miranda Wixon, Louisa Fowler at the site of the Towcester Relief Road that is under construction

The Department of Transport has recently written to West Northants Council to begin discussion in early to mid May with WNC and other councils about a review of the A5.

The letter, received last month (21 April 21) from the DfT stated:

“As part of this work we would like to examine with you the strategic case and desirability of detrunking all or part of the A5 south from Crick (M1 Junction 18) to Junction 11a of the M1.”

Reacting to this development, the Conservative candidates for Towcester and Roade, Maggie Clubley, Louisa Fowler and Miranda Wixon in a joint statement said,
 
“To date we have all been led to believe that it was impossible to detrunk the A5. Now it is going to be considered - and not just in Towcester but through the whole of the West Northants Council area.

“This is due to the time and effort which has been put in by our local MP, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom, and the leader of West Northants Council, Ian McCord. They have campaigned tirelessly to improve the lives of the people living and working in the area, and this review into detrunking the A5 is testament to their hard work.

“They have shown what can be done when local and national politicians work together for the good of the community.

“If elected, we will continue that work and participate in the review to ensure we meet our campaign pledges. Detrunking the A5 will reduce congestion and improve air quality in Towcester. We will be a forceful voice in making the argument for detrunking the A5.”

To get this delivered use your three votes for three Conservative Candidates, Maggie Clubley, Louisa Fowler and Miranda Wixon.
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Always Write
At 21:10 on 4th May 2021, Always Write commented:
wProgress - it looks like the contstan t drip drip is having an effect unbeleiveable that they would do it from Crick to almost Luton - i like the look of these women they get things done
JimmyB
At 22:03 on 4th May 2021, JimmyB commented:
Getting things done! The candidates have not done anything! Who even are they? They have just appeared for this election and seem to be desperately claiming others actions as their own. The ‘address in West Northants’ crew as they should be know. Two do not even live in the ward I believe.

It’s only a review which was probably happening anyway. Let’s see the results and see if the magic election time progress we seem to get on the road when an election comes around actually bears any fruit. I doubt it.

Wouldn’t this also mean that WNC would be responsible for the A5 and the ‘relief road’ meaning that tax payers would be forking out for its repairs, which would be regular as the ‘relief road’ has not been built to trunk road standards.

I’m not sure this has been thought out. Seems like a desperate election promise.
John A
At 06:18 on 5th May 2021, John A commented:
Reduce congestion? Improve air quality? Joke! Meanwhile Tiffield Lane development gets approval! And it looks like the DHL application will somehow 'get the nod' despite farcical consultation processes! It is all part of the Local Plan, you know!
Jobs? Even DHL admit they will have to recruit from outside the area.
Always Write
At 07:06 on 5th May 2021, Always Write commented:
Jimmy B bit rich to attack women for taking sensible precautions about their identity and hide behind a pseudonym. Name yourself as yiur clearly a Lib Dem councillors former councillor or would be councillor

but back to the topic are the Lib Dem’s now against the revise of the A5 because the tories are pushing it forward? Is it opposition for the sake of it, very petty and destructive
JimmyB
At 09:29 on 5th May 2021, JimmyB commented:
Always Write - I'm not attacking anyone. It's just strange that they are the only people on the ballot not willing to say where they are from. I am guessing (and know) there is a geographical reason for that. But you have to admit, they personally have done nothing for this cause historically. Why are they posting this and not WNC or Andrea? Electioneering, thats why.

How about you reveal who you are? Hypocritically hiding behing a pseudonym yourself. I am not a Councillor or former Councillor. Just a supporter of candidates who want the same things as myself.

I am assuming you mean review not revise. I have seen one of the Lib Dem candidates posting that they welcome the review but we still need to press as it is only a review. I agree. How many road reviews do we get regularly that end in no action? Loads in the past. I am sure the road has been reviewed several times in the past 40 dd years the town has been asking for an A5 bypass.
peter k
At 11:08 on 5th May 2021, peter k commented:
I also suspect a political wheeze.

WNC would be silly to take on this amount of road as a responsibility for upkeep. Either local rates would pay for it or central government would take up the task. I would not hold my breath on central government coughing up?

James Rudd probably annoyed he didn't use this idea for his April 1st article?

Always Write
At 05:58 on 8th May 2021, Always Write commented:
Looks like Jimmy B and co mud slinging didn’t work 2 Conservative and just one Liberal. Very poor show for liberals everywhere. Towcester has three women councillors good luck to you all
JimmyB
At 18:52 on 8th May 2021, JimmyB commented:
Have you got something personal against me Always Write? Why are you always so nasty? Who hurt you? Do you need a hug?

Looks like the Labour and Greens took the votes away from the Libs...otherwise it looks like we would have had 3 Libs.

Good luck to Louisa and Maggie, they may need it. I am hoping they are not going to be like the Tories we have had in the past, who have collected their money and been invisible. A councillor is judged on their record. Lets see what they can do.
Always Write
At 20:51 on 8th May 2021, Always Write commented:
Jimmy b nothing personal no idea who you are calm down seems like the truth hurts I’m not nasty just observant
JimmyB
At 21:35 on 8th May 2021, JimmyB commented:
I was joking Always Write. I am very calm cheers. You always have to have a dig at me, a Lib Dem or someone in your comments. Just a bit of a nasty way to be. That’s just me being observant. I just don’t get why people like trolling. Have a good rest of weekend.
JimmyB
At 21:35 on 8th May 2021, JimmyB commented:
I was joking Always Write. I am very calm cheers. You always have to have a dig at me, a Lib Dem or someone in your comments. Just a bit of a nasty way to be. That’s just me being observant. I just don’t get why people like trolling. Have a good rest of weekend.

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