Plan for new relief road in Market Harborough

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A south-east relief road for Market Harborough will be discussed by district councillors next week.

The road could link the A508 Northampton Road near the leisure centre with the A6 at the top of Kettering Road and would involve a new bridge over the railway line.

It’s just one of the options being looked at by councillors after a £200,000 transport study commissioned by the district council and Leicestershire County Council.

Cllr Peter Osborne, the county council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “It’s clear that Market Harborough is going to expand over the next 15 years and we need to ensure the road network can cope.

“We have outlined some initial ideas, which can help to guide Harborough District Council’s local plan process.”

He stressed that nothing had been agreed, and funding still needed to be found.

Initial recommendations also include:

-The upgrade of Welland Park Road to become the A4304 and a linked downgrading of Coventry Road.

-Identify undesirable routes for HGVs and impose suitable prohibitions - eg Bath Street/Western Avenue.

-Look into increasing the underpass height on Rockingham Road Rail Bridge, near the railway station.

-Look into improving key junctions - eg Northampton Road/Springfield Street/Welland Park Road and Springfield Street/Kettering Road.

The report will be discussed by the district council’s Local Planning Executive Advisory Panel on July 18.

The district council’s Lib-Dem opposition group leader Cllr Phil Knowles said: “This report is overdue. We’ve been warning for a very long time about the instability of the town’s infrastructure.

“And we have to remember that this is a paper exercise only at this stage - none of these schemes have been costed.”