Bypass plans will bring relief to Northamptonshire village...but which is the best route?

Consultation set to open into long-awaited bypass
A bypass is planned for around FarthinghoeA bypass is planned for around Farthinghoe
A bypass is planned for around Farthinghoe

Villagers are being given the chance to have their say on the bypass that aims to bring an end to lorries trundling past their homes.

Northamptonshire County Council is inviting the public to have their say on proposed works to the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass during a consultation taking place between November 6 and January 3, 2021.

The road, which runs through the village of Farthinghoe, currently suffers from sub-standard geometry, a narrow carriageway and high traffic volumes, making it difficult for large vehicles to pass each other. These issues are expected to be made worse by the level of development proposed in Banbury and Brackley which will lead to increased traffic through the village.

The bypass intends to remove through traffic from the centre of the village and reduce the frequency of conflict between HGVs, enhancing the lives of many residents in Farthinghoe and improving air quality in the area.

Following a public consultation in 2015, Farthinghoe Bypass is expected to run to the north of the village and will have an overall length of approximately 2.3km, with a 7.3m wide single carriageway.

Residents and other interested parties are now able to share their views on four northern route options in order to identify a preferred route to be taken forward for further development.

Residents of Farthinghoe will receive a leaflet with further information about the upcoming consultation including how to speak to a member of the project team and how to participate if they are unable to view the consultation online.

Councillor Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for Highways and Place, said: “The Farthinghoe Bypass improvement works are set to alleviate congestion and improve travel for larger vehicles, as well as reduce the impact on air quality in this area.

“I’m delighted to hear feedback from members of the public and look forward to seeing this beneficial work begin.”

For more information on the consultation and to have your say click here.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that residents could have their say on four northern routes and a single southern routes. This is incorrect and consultation is only on four northern routes. The mistake was as a result of information supplied by Northamptonshire County Council and has now been corrected.