Motorists urged to have their say on village bypass plan for busy Northamptonshire road with just days left

'We could not have got this far without the help of the people we see every day on the A422'

By Jack Duggan
Thursday, 24th December 2020, 7:03 am

Users of a busy road in Northamptonshire are being urged to pick which route they would prefer for a new bypass before the consultation ends in 11 days.

Northamptonshire County Council has been asking for views from the public on four potential routes for the A422 around the north of Farthinghoe since November 6.

Farthinghoe Parish Council wants to ensure motorists as well as residents take part before the consultation closes on January 3.

What can happen when two lorries meet on the bend on the A422 in Farthinghoe

Chairman Mick Morris said: "This has been a long hard fight, which still continues, but we could not have got this far without the help of the people we see every day on the A422.

"Thanking everyone in anticipation for their continued help."

The campaign for a bypass has been ongoing for decades but a breakthrough came in 2018 when South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom backed a bid for the road to be funded and designed by the Department for Transport.

Last year, hundreds of people signed a petition in support of the new road which regularly causes issues when lorries meet at the tight bend in the centre of Farthinghoe.

Since January, the council has been working on a technical report for the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass having previously added it to its priority list of major road schemes.

A consultation in 2015 found a northern route of around 2.3km would be preferred to a southern one - the road will be single-carriageway.

County council cabinet member for highways and place Jason Smithers 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.