Naseby Crossroad

An accident black-spot...

At the eastern edge of the Parish en route to and from the A14 lies the Naseby Road junction on the A5199. As the picture shows it's a crossroad and a local accident black-spot.


Unfortunately it's always been an accident blackspot; it's in a dip meaning that traffic travelling towards it from the north and south doesn’t see it until the last moment and more often than not the traffic is travelling too fast (even though there is a 40mph limit on the approach). Plus it has limited visibility for those pulling out onto it, especially for those pulling out from the Cold Ashby side. 


However, whilst accidents have always been an issue here, the situation is getting worse. It's getting worse quite simply because more people are using it and because the people using it are quite often just travelling through and unfamiliar with the road. Whereas in the past you might have expected just a few vehicles to be waiting to turn up to Cold Ashby, at peak times there are often 10 or more vehicles queuing. The results can be frightening and all too often result in accidents. Drivers in a hurry, often confused why their sat navs have brought them off the A14 in the first place and not paying attention to what’s happening in front of them, come over the crest of the hill to suddenly find traffic at a standstill or traffic that's just pulled out and isn’t up to speed yet. Often the resulting accidents don’t warrant a mention and leave nothing more than broken sign posts and skid marks in the road, but with alarming regularity accidents like the one pictured above are happening and inevitably at times leading to serious injury.


Sadly, the situation can only get worse as more and more drivers have no obvious alternative than to go East and West through Cold Ashby. If there were no other good reasons to urgently find a solution to our problem traffic this one would be reason enough. 


It is not an exaggeration to say that failure to do something will ultimately lead to a fatality.





So what can be done?

When travelling along the A5199, take extra care, slow down and keep to the 40 mph speed limit


In the short term there is only one way to reduce accidents here and that's for drivers to take extra care at this junction.


If you're driving from the A14 towards Northampton stick to the 40mph limit and as you come over the brow of the hill be ready for there to be queuing traffic waiting to turn right.


If you're driving on the A5199 towards the A14 stick to the 40 mph limit and as you come over the brow of the hill be ready for drivers to be pulling out of the Cold Ashby side of the junction (please remember that's it's difficult for drivers emerging from this junction to see what’s coming from either direction but especially from the right).


When joining the A5199, be extra vigilant and aware of speeding traffic


If you're pulling out from either side of the junction onto the A5199 obviously be extra vigilant and although the limit is 40 mph be prepared for traffic to be travelling much faster than this. Once you have pulled out don’t dawdle! 


In the longer term a bypass around Cold Ashby would ultimately join up with the A5199 and where it does clearly this is a chance to install a roundabout or a properly fit-for-purpose junction.


At the moment we have 35,000 vehicles a week using a junction that's intended only for local traffic; it's dangerous and will remain dangerous until it's improved and in the meantime everyone that uses it needs to keep this firmly mind and please take extra care.     


The view up the road towards Northampton



If you're driving on the A5199 towards the A14 stick to the 40 mph limit and as you come over the brow of the hill be ready for drivers to be pulling out of the Cold Ashby side of the junction (please remember that's it's difficult for drivers emerging from this junction to see what’s coming from either direction but especially from the right).

The view up the road towards the A14

If you're driving from the A14 towards Northampton stick to the 40mph limit and as you come over the brow of the hill be ready for there to be queuing traffic waiting to turn right.