This year we have been fortunate enough to obtain traffic flow statistics from 3 different sources.
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.
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.
OTHER WORRYING STATISTICS
In excess of 200 a week!