2017 Traffic Figures

Thats a 35% increase since 2015

This year we have been fortunate enough to obtain traffic flow statistics from 3 different sources.

  1. The first were collected in July by an independent company working for DIRFT.
  2. The second were collected in September by the police .
  3. The third were collected in November on our behalf by NCC.

The numbers collected by all 3 are truly staggering not just because of the overall quantity of traffic using the road through the village but also because of the rate of increase.

  1. In 2007 the police recorded 17,000 vehicles. 
  2. More recent studies and our own statistics indicated that this number had risen to over 20,000. 
  3. As part of the DIRFT study carried out in July we learned that they had also taken numbers in 2015 which indicated 28,000 vehicles. 
  4. We now have up to date figures from 3 separate sources 2 indicating approximately 34,000 vehicles a week and 1 (admittedly taken in the summer when the road is at its busiest) indicating almost 38,000 vehicles. 

What we are seeing here is a doubling of traffic in just over 10 years and more worryingly with the greatest increase coming in just the last 2 years; during and following the construction of the Junction 19 improvements and as Daventry, DIRFT and Rugby begin to expand.

To put this in perspective, as part of the DIRFT survey, numbers were also collected on the A5199 just south of the Naseby Crossroad (essentially counting the numbers of vehicles travelling on an "A" road beyond the turn off to Cold Ashby towards Northampton).  

These showed a total of approximately 39,000 vehicles or just 11% more that were travelling on the "C" road through Cold Ashby  (A classified unnumbered road of lower significance than a B road and of primarily local importance) .  

Based upon these statistics alone its not difficult to see why something must be done and why immediate improvements to the flawed junction 19 and/or a local relief road or bypass around Cold Ashby make the most sense.  

Note: 35,000 vehicles a week is the average number of vehicles based upon a combination of all 3 surveys with the maximum being approximately 38,000 and the other 2 showing approximately 34,000. 


Overweight Vehicles

In excess of 200 a week!

Speeding Vehicles

  1. 80% of all vehicles are breaking the speed limit.
  2. 51% of all vehicles are breaking the speed limit where if caught drivers would be prosecuted.
  3. 1700 vehicles were travelling between 45 and 65 MPH!