HS2 committee listens to villagers’ concerns

The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson. NNL-150127-130109009
The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson. NNL-150127-130109009
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A new roundabout for a dangerous junction near a south Northants village has moved one step closer thanks to the HS2 select committee.

The committee has been hearing representations from villages along the proposed high speed link between London and Birmingham and has made a number of decisions and observations in a report published last month.

The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson. NNL-150127-130121009

The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson. NNL-150127-130121009

Jo Wilson, from Aston-Le-Walls Parish Council, appeared before the committee in January, calling for a roundabout at the A361/Welsh Road junction to improve safety. She has also received support from other nearby villages.

And it appears in the report the committee has heeded the village’s concerns.

“The project should endeavour to leave a legacy of reduced risks and improved road safety in areas that receive no other benefit from HS2,” it said. “Cases where we suggest specific action include a roundabout north of Chipping Warden at the intersection of the A361 and Welsh Road to address safety concerns.”

It also welcomed plans for a bypass for Chipping Warden.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mrs Wilson said the committee agreed not to bring HS2 construction traffic through the village.

She added even though the junction was statistically within capacity for traffic, it was still dangerous.

“I told the committee if they built the railway on statistics, then they were not going to have a very good railway or leave behind them a very good situation,” she said.

It is now up to HS2 Ltd to liaise with Northants County Council (NCC) over the construction of the roundabout.

Mrs Wilson said: “I was told by HS2 it was in the pipeline. I had an email from NCC saying they had been in contact with HS2. It is a step forward and they are communicating.”

Also recommended in the report was a roundabout for the junction of the B4525 Welsh Road and the Dump Road at Greatworth.