The strategic rail freight interchange will connect to the West Coast Mainline via the Northampton loop line, and will encourage the increase of sustainable movement of freight by rail. The terminal will include intermodal container storage and Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) parking, and the provision of an aggregates’ facility, with the capability to also provide a rapid rail freight facility.
The new rail tunnel and terminal are complete. Network Rail has completed their nine day blockade of the Northampton Loop, completing their works to facilitate access into the terminal. The on site rail will continue through Q4 2023 and Q1 2024 with the terminal being open in Q3 2024.
Roade Bypass is a new 2.5km single carriageway road that will be constructed to the west of Roade, tying into the A508 to the north at Northampton Road and A508 to the south at Stratford Road. As part of the bypass construction, a new road bridge across the West Coast Main Line will be built to the north of Bailey Brooks Lane Bridge.
The bypass will have 3 roundabouts:
Works will continue through the Winter, creating the new road alignment and environment bunds, road drainage and ponds. Road paving and utility diversion works complete. The road is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2023 / Spring 2024. You can find out more about the phasing and timing of the upcoming works here.
A508 Northampton Road / Blisworth Road Junction (Courteenhall Road Junction)
There will be some road closures during the Winter months. Click here for more details.
We appreciate any work in the public highway can be frustrating and would like to apologise for any disruption – we will be getting through the works as quickly and as safely as possible.
We would like to reassure you that we will work closely with the highways authorities to ensure any disruption is minimised and we will keep you regularly updated of any potential impacts. Highway works have been planned in coordination with National Highways and Northamptonshire County Council and will be reviewed on a regular basis during the project.
If road closures are required, diversion routes will be put in place, and we will notify you of these in advance. For the latest Traffic Management information see Traffic & Travel.
An amendment to the Development Consent Order (DCO) has been granted to allow occupation of up to 2.5 million sq ft prior to the rail freight terminal becoming operational. For further information please click here.