Today (Wednesday), work on the A45 Daventry development link road officially started with a sod-cutting ceremony.
The road will form a new 3.5 mile long single carriageway which will improve transport links between the towns of Northampton and Daventry and improve access between Daventry and the M1 motorway. The project will also relieve communities in Flore, Weedon and Upper Heyford of through traffic as well as supporting future growth in the Daventry district.
The first turf was cut by county council leader and NEP Board member, Cllr Jim Harker, leader of Daventry District Council, Cllr Chris Millar, also a NEP Board member, as well as local villagers.
£32 million project
The £32 million project has been paid for through an innovative finance arrangement known as the Northamptonshire revolving infrastructure fund which unites funding streams and sees local authorities, developers and contractors working together to put the money in place.
NEP provided £14 million of government Growth Deal money – its biggest Growth Deal project to date - while Daventry District Council has played a key role in unlocking money that will come from the future development the road will allow.
Cllr Jim Harker, county council leader, said: “This is an important project in a number of ways including being essential to provide the adequate infrastructure to support future economic growth in the Daventry district.
“This hasn’t been an easy project to get started, mainly because of the lack of funding which is available for infrastructure projects nationally. But we’ve managed to find a way – working with our partners to pool together finances for the project which will bring far-reaching benefits for many people in the county.”
Project is hugely important
John Markham OBE, NEP Chairman, said: “This project is hugely important, not only to local communities who have been campaigning a long time for the development but to the Northamptonshire economy as a whole, hence NEP’s investment of £14 million Growth Deal funding towards the total cost of £32 million. This is our most significant Growth Deal project and will impact considerably in terms of opening up and unlocking new housing development and economic growth potential.
“Today marks a significant milestone and it has been a pleasure working with Northamptonshire County Council and Daventry District Council to bring it to fruition.”
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