The A45 Daventry Development Link will be a new 5.7km single carriageway, which
will start at a new roundabout on the existing A45 between the settlements of
Dodford and Weedon (to the east of Globe Farm).
Description of scheme
It will then pass to the north of the villages of Weedon, Flore and Upper Heyford before rejoining the A45 at a new roundabout between Upper Heyford and the M1 motorway at junction 16.
The road has been designed so that it could be dualled in the future. The proposed scheme will also include earthworks (cuttings and embankments) and the construction of eight structures including bridges, a culvert and a farm crossing.
You can view the route below:
Benefits of the scheme
The construction of the A45 Daventry Development Link will improve transport links between the towns of Northampton and Daventry, and improve access between Daventry and the M1 motorway.
The road will facilitate and support the growth of Daventry District and relieve the villages of Flore and Weedon of through traffic.
In Weedon, it will significantly reduce traffic congestion at the existing signalised junction of the A5 with the A45, and reduce the number and severity of road accidents providing a high quality route for through traffic.
It will help to attract businesses to the area and will release future development to support and enable the growth outlined in the West Northants Joint Core Strategy.
Consultation events were held in 2012 and as a result of these, an initial preferred route was taken to Cabinet in January 2013.
Since then, consultation has been ongoing with landowners and key national statutory bodies such as Network Rail, Canal and River Trust, Highways England and Environment Agency; to reflect these responses the preferred route has been amended twice in March 2014 and October 2014.
Planning permission for the scheme was granted in June 2015. Details of the planning application can be found on our planning pages.
Scheme cost and how it will be funded
The A45 Daventry Development Link is funded by the Northamptonshire Growth Deal and supported by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.
The scheme will cost in the region of £32 million.
Timeline of key events
Construction has now commenced and the new road is due to be completed by early 2018.
This page will be updated as the scheme progresses.