ANDREA Leadsom has pledged to deliver the Towcester Relief Road prior to its scheduled 2020 completion date.
The re-elected MP for South Northamptonshire and now Leader of the House of Commons issued the promise within her Manifesto for South Northamptonshire.
In her final address to the electorate prior to last week’s election, the Lord President of the Council ironically quipped, “I want this road built yesterday”, as she outlined her plan for delivering the road.
The 54-year-old said: “I will continue to work with local residents, the Towcester Bypass Action Group, our District and County Councils, the developers Persimmon and Bloor, Highways England, the Department for Transport, and others to do all that I can to ensure that the road opens ahead of schedule in 2020.”
The scheme has been previously approved, with Leadsom confident in 2016 that the project could be realised early, but with local residents being the ones “to make the decision on the delivery of the relief road”.
Further consultation is expected, with the former Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (above) championing the improvements to air quality and congestion within both Towcester and Northampton as a result of the completion of the town’s Orbital.
Although no completion date was mooted by Leadsom, the Leader of the House of Commons was hopeful a solution could be conceived swiftly for the latter.
She said: “It is vitally important that the ring road around Northampton to the north is completed as soon as possible to relieve traffic pressure on some of our most congested roads.
“Future development that has already been green-lit makes the construction of the ring road essential to keep Northampton moving, and I will be working with local residents, the County Council and other stakeholders to secure the best route and get it built as quickly as possible.”
With Parliament set to resume once more on Wednesday, 21 June the Conservatives’ deal with the DUP has yet to be formally ratified after the hung parliament was established in the wake of the June 8 vote.