Proposed new A43 Moulton bypass ‘will need bridges’

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Northamptonshire County Council’s plans for the A43 Moulton bypass will go on show next week to give people a chance to see the proposals.

The one-mile long dual-carriageway will link the Round Spinney roundabout, which is currently being upgraded, with the Moulton roundabout and is part of a wider scheme to improve the A43 between Kettering and Northampton. It is expected that a formal planning application for the £18.75million project will be submitted early in January 2015.

Barry Care MBE, chairman of Moulton Parish Council, said motorists could not benefit if crossing pedestrians would slow traffic. He said: “The proposed route of the bypass will run through the middle of the as-yet-unbuilt Overstone Leys estate. People crossing the road would have to either use pedestrian crossings, defeating the point of a bypass, or else use bridges and underpasses, for which there are currently no plans.”

About 20,000 vehicles use the A43 each day and the parish council, like many residents’ associations, believe the only solution to persistent rush hour congestion - and stationary queues backing up for two miles - is to build a dual carriageway North West Bypass before any new housing estates are built. The plans will be displayed on Wednesday, December 10 between 2pm and 7pm at Moulton Village Hall and on Thursday, December 11 at the same times at Overstone Village Hall.