Information event signals the start of Houlton’s new link road

Master developers of the new neighbourhood of Houlton are holding an information event next Wednesday ahead of the start of the link road connecting the new development to Rugby town.

The first phase of this 1.5 mile stretch of road will begin at the end of July and Urban&Civic is offering local residents a chance to view the programme for construction, timescales and likely disturbance through the 18 month build programme.

Connecting to the existing junction at Butlers Leap, the new road will cross the canal over a new bridge and then run parallel to the canal, crossing Hillmorton Lane and on to the edge of the new development of Houlton.

Work will begin at the Hillmorton Lane junction and shortly after at the Butlers Leap junction and then connect up over the course of the 18 months.

The contractor delivering the works on behalf of Urban&Civic is Northamptonshire-based Galiford Try.

A key part of the planning permission granted to the 6,200 urban extension back in May 2014, the link road forges a strong link between the new community and Rugby in the future ensuring the town benefits from the economic growth brought about through the expansion.

The road is being built well ahead of its original timescales thanks to Urban&Civic securing a government loan from the Homes and Communities Agency to accelerate the delivery of this vital piece of infrastructure.

Johanne Thomas, Communities and Partnerships for Urban&Civic said;

“We have had regular communications with our neighbouring communities, keeping them up to date with progress at Houlton and handling any issues that arise. The link road is viewed positively locally as a relief road to the villages of Hillmorton and Clifton and its early delivery has been welcomed by local residents.

“The construction of a road of this size is a major project and we made a commitment to people to keep them informed along the way and this event and the accompanying information leaflet is the first of these exercises.”

The drop-in information event is being held at the Townsend Memorial Hall in Clifton on Wednesday 5 July from 4-7pm.

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