Fresh calls for bypass after fatality

MHBG-01-09-11 Theodora Phillington
MHBG-01-09-11 Theodora Phillington

THE third fatality in as many years on the A422 near Brackley has re-ignited demands for a Farthinghoe bypass.

Last month tributes were paid to 19-year-old Theodora Phillington who died on the A422 near the Steane turn as she travelled to work in Brackley.

Her mother Janette Forrester-Keyes described her as a shining example to others.

Miss Phillington became the third person to die in three years as a result of accidents on an eight mile stretch of the A422 between Middleton Cheney and Brackley. During the same period records show five people also received serious injuries while 16 motorists suffered slight accidents.

The accident rate is so bad the speed limit was reduced to 50mph last year as part of the Rightracks rural road safety demonstration project carried out with funding from the Department for Transport.

John Grant of Farthinghoe Parish Council said a bypass was approved in 1994 but the plans were shelved.

Mr Grant added: “There’s more than 1,000 new homes approved for Brackley, HS2 construction traffic will come this way and of course there’s the regeneration of Silverstone circuit. All this means more and more traffic is going to come along the A422 and through Farthinghoe. There is going to be a considerable rise in traffic over the next few years and fatalities could get worse.”

Mr Grant said speed was often a cause of accidents on the A422, but little is being done to monitor speeders and added: “Cars are speeding along the A422. The reduction to 50mph has not made an difference at all.”

No one from Northants County Council’s highways department was available for comment at the time of going to press.