Prior to the recent General Election, in my manifesto for South Northamptonshire, I pledged to continue to push for the early delivery of the relief road for Towcester. This was an issue that came up time and again on doorsteps across the constituency by residents in Towcester and the surrounding area who remain concerned about the unacceptable levels of pollution in the town centre and the continued traffic flow problems along Watling Street.
In spite of the success we have had in improving the Tove roundabout at the junction of the A5 and A43, heavy-goods vehicles are still clogging up the roads through Towcester, making it difficult for local people to commute to work, do the school run, or pop to the shops. We all know that the only real solution is the early delivery of a relief road for Towcester, and this is something I am fighting for on your behalf.
I have had extremely positive meetings in recent months with Jo Lappin (NEP), Ann Limb (SEMLEP), Ian McCord (South Northants Council), and Jim Harker (Northants County Council) on behalf of the many people who have spoken to me about the matter, and I am seeking a meeting with all relevant parties before the end of the year to discuss how we can deliver the relief road ahead of schedule. It is the most important infrastructure project in South Northamptonshire in the next few years, and it is vital for local residents that progress is made as quickly as possible. I will update you further with our next steps as soon as I can.