Northamptonshire Highways

Northampton Northern Orbital Route

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

Description of the scheme

While other new roads, such as the Northampton North West Relief Road, will relieve traffic from some parts of north-west Northampton, they will not provide a complete ring road around the north of the town. The County Council has identified the need for such a road, both to deal with current traffic problems and to provide the capacity needed to accommodate future development.

While a preferred route has still to be determined, 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

By completing a new ring road to the north of Northampton, the new road will reduce the amount of traffic passing through northern parts of Northampton, and 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.

Northampton Northern Orbital Route is also needed to support the growth proposals to the north and west of Northampton where 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. 

Public consultation

Public consultation on the Northampton Northern Orbital Route closed on 8 April 2016.  

Four route options were consulted on and can be viewed below.

The exhibition boards from the consultation which provide further information about the scheme, including environmental constraints plans and projected traffic flows used to inform the development of the four possible routes and can be viewed on the links below.

We are now analysing the consultation results and these will be reported to our Cabinet in September 2016 along with a recommended way forward.

Further information

Following the decision on a preferred route, further work will be needed to design the new road and gain the necessary powers and funding before construction can commence.

This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.

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