A connecting road bypassing two shameful villages in Northamptonshire opened today (Thursday) more than 70 years after the first idea.

The A45 Daventry Development Link, which drives vehicles around Flore and Weedon, was first discussed in the 1940s.

In the following decades, various campaign groups were set up to protect city dwellers from traffic accidents, queues and pollution.

Frances Shepherd, who passed away in 1988, was one of the former leaders of the Flore Bypass Action Group in the 1970s. Her proud husband Duncan was available today to open the road.

Mr. Shepherd said, "She would be happy, just like her colleagues

"I think she would laugh at me, I'm nervous as if it were my wedding day."

The new connecting road from the A45 at Weedon in the direction of Flore

The new connecting road from the A45 at Weedon in the direction of Flore

As he severed the tape in front of assembled highways and dignitaries, he declared, "In memory of all those who have worked so hard over the years."

The Northamptonshire County Council has built a single lane that will improve the speed of service between Northampton and Daventry and access between Daventry and the M1.

The project will also ease congestion for communities in Flore, Weedon and Upper Heyford and support future growth in Daventry District.

The connecting road starts at a new roundabout on the existing A45 between Dodford and Weedon east of Globe Farm.

It then runs north to the villages of Weedon, Flore and Upper Heyford, before returning to the A45 at a new roundabout between Upper Heyford and the M1 motorway at junction 16.

Cllr Ian Morris (Con, Silverstone), Cabinet Member of the District Council on Transport, said: "It not only improves transport accessibility, but also contributes to the growth of housing in the Daventry area.

"But most importantly, it may be the people in the surrounding villages who will be thrilled to have this road that makes their communities safer."

Councilor Chris Millar, chairman of the Daventry District Council, said: "The link road will relieve traffic in nearby villages and is the key to our long-term plans for Daventry's sustainable growth."

The construction of the facility started in July 2016.

The budget for the A45 Daventry Development Link is GBP 40.9 million, funded by the SEMLEP Local Growth Deal, the Highways England Growth and Housing Fund, the Northamptonshire County Council, the Daventry District Council, and developer finance.