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Major highways projects

Major road projects in Northamptonshire.

The A43 between Northampton and Kettering suffers from congestion hotspots, journey time delay and road safety issues due to vehicles trying to overtake. To tackle these problems, it is proposed to dual the A43 all the way between the A45 and the A14. Due to the scale of the scheme this will be achieved in phases.

Improvements to the Round Spinney roundabout (phase 1a) were completed in 2015. These resulted in increased capacity at this junction and improved traffic flow.

Phase 2 was a dualling of the section north of the Moulton roundabout to a new junction near Overstone Grange. This was opened to traffic in early 2018.

Phase 1b was fully opened for traffic in June 2020. This provided a new road between the Round Spinney and Moulton roundabouts bypassing the existing road.

Phase 3 is intended to extend the dualling to the Holcot and Sywell roundabout. A bid for Government funding towards this phase was submitted in 2016 but was not successful.

A bid for Major Road Network funding to construct this section was submitted in August 2019. We are now developing a Strategic Outline Business Case to support this submission.

Further phases will be needed to complete the dualling through to the A14 but have not yet been determined.

Public consultation

Consultation and examination hearings for the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy highlighted the view of the local community. Improvements to the A43, among other measures, are necessary to support the proposed development at Northampton North.

Scheme cost and funding

Phase 2 was constructed within its budget of £9.25m. It was comprised of:

  • £6.5m of government funding secured through the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and
  • £2.75m of Section 106 funding from the Overstone Leys development

Phase 1b was constructed within its budget of £17.5m. This included:

  • £7.9m of government funding through the SEMLEP Local Growth Deal, and
  • £4.1m of Section 106 funding

Phase 3 has an estimated cost of £23.7m. A bid for £19.2m of Department for Transport Major Road Network funding is also being progressed.

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.

The A509 Isham bypass has been developed to address existing traffic issues in Isham. It is also hoped the bypass will accommodate anticipated traffic growth in the coming years.

The bypass will commence at the A14 Pytchley Road roundabout (A14 Junction 9) and run in a southerly direction. Running west of the village of Isham, it will re-join the A509 Kettering Road midway between Hill Top and Great Harrowden.

There will be two roundabout junctions at the:

  • existing A509 Kettering Road, south of the A14 Pytchley roundabout
  • B574 Hill Top Road

The A509 provides a north / south link between the A14 and A45 trunk roads. It serves Kettering and Wellingborough, and destinations towards the southwest.

A map showing the route of the new bypass can be viewed below:

Benefits of the scheme

The A509 Isham Bypass will improve:

  • transport links between Kettering and Wellingborough
  • access from Wellingborough to the A14, while relieving some through traffic

Update November 2021

A bid for Major Road Network funding was submitted to the Department for Transport in March 2020. They invited us to progress this by submitting a Strategic Outline Business Case.

The first section of the road will be constructed adjacent to A14 junction 9. This will require a repositioning of the roundabout junction of the bypass with the existing A509 Kettering Road. A modification of the current planning permission will be needed.

£1.859m of funding was secured in October 2021 towards the next stages of developing the proposals for the bypass.

There are two main elements to the work, preparation of the:

  • Outline Business Case for submission to DfT in July 2022
  • planning application for submission in January 2023

The main work involved in the planning application is the preparation of the environmental statement. This involves extensive ecological surveys which have to be conducted at the correct time of year for the species or habitat involved.

Alongside both the business case and the planning application, there will also be an update to the design of the scheme.

Our current expectation is that construction of the road could start in summer 2024 with opening in summer 2026. However, this will be dependent on whether objections are received to the Compulsory Purchase Orders and whether to hold a public inquiry.

Further information will be published here as it becomes available.

The Northampton Northern Orbital Route is a proposal for a new road which will relieve traffic from the north of Northampton and surrounding villages.

The proposed new road will link the A5199 and Northampton North West Relief Road between Kingsthorpe and Chapel Brampton with the A43 north of Moulton. The new road will also connect with the Moulton Park industrial estate.

Benefits of the scheme

Completing a new ring road will reduce the amount of traffic passing through northern parts of Northampton. This also includes a number of surrounding villages such as Boughton, Moulton and Pitsford. The road will also create a new route for traffic heading to the Moulton Park industrial estate.

The Northampton Northern Orbital Route is also needed to help with the growth proposals to the north and west of Northampton. Some 10,000 new homes are to be built at sites such as Dallington Grange, Buckton Fields, and Northampton North. The road is expected to create capacity for future development beyond that already planned.

Scheme costs and how it will be funded

An estimated cost for the scheme will be developed as work progresses. It is anticipated that the road will be funded by a combination of government and developer funding.

2017 public consultation

The route options were consulted on in 2017 and the consultation closed on 4 August 2017.

For further information about both the North West Relief Road and Northampton Northern Orbital route, email [email protected].

What happens next

Following the decision on a preferred route, work will begin to design the new road and gain the necessary powers and funding.

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.

Last updated 04 April 2022