We examine the prospects for road and rail and why transport is the key to the county's future
THE potential of north Northamptonshire will only be unlocked if we have a transport system fit for purpose, say politicians.
About 55,000 homes are set to be built in the area by 2026 under the Government's Milton Keynes and South Midlands growth plan, which also outlines proposals for another 43,000 jobs.
But politicians claim the county must first find solutions to resolve congestion on our busy roads.
County council cabinet member for highways and transportation Bob Seery said: "The level of growth proposed means we will need to match some substantial investment in our road network with increases in the amount of people who walk, cycle and use public transport.
"Tackling congestion is key to solving problems in our towns and on our major routes.
"As far as the A14 is concerned that is the crux of the whole issue to providing the growth."
Cllr Seery says the county council needs to spend £300m on the roads to bring them up to a good condition.