Northamptonshire Highways

A509 Wellingborough Development Link Phase 1 (Isham Bypass)

​The village of Isham on the A509 between Wellingborough and Kettering suffers from the effects of through traffic, especially heavy goods vehicles

Description of scheme

The village of Isham on the A509 between Wellingborough and Kettering suffers from the effects of through traffic, especially heavy goods vehicles. The A509 Wellingborough Development Link Phase 1 (Isham Bypass) is a scheme that has been developed to address the existing issues in Isham and to accommodate the anticipated traffic growth in the coming years.

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

There will be two roundabout junctions, one located at a junction with the existing A509 Kettering Road, south of the A14 Pytchley roundabout. With the second located at a junction with the B574 Hill Top Road.

The A509 is an important primary route in Northamptonshire providing a north/south link between the A14 and A45 trunk roads, serving Kettering and Wellingborough and destinations towards the southwest.

You can view the route below:

Benefits of the scheme

The A509 Isham Bypass will improve transport links between Kettering and Wellingborough, helping to meet the needs of growth in the two towns, and also improve access from Wellingborough to the A14, while relieving some through traffic.

Public consultation

Consultation on the scheme with stakeholders and the public started in November 2001. Following further refinement, a preferred route was agreed by Cabinet in May 2003.

Scheme cost and how it will be funded

The design of the scheme, and necessary powers have been determined for some time, but unfortunately, funding has not been available to take forward the scheme.

At present, £15m funding towards the current £38.5m cost of the scheme has been secured through the government's Growth Deal through Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and further work is underway to assemble a full funding package.

Possible timeline of key events

We will design and build the bypass. The following timescales are expected:

  • Funding package assembled – 2016
  • Construction on site – 2017
  • Road opens – 2018

Further information

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.

Updated budget timeline 2018/19

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