Red routes

Through in-depth analysis of road collisions across the county the most affected sections of highway are designated 'Red Routes' and are subject to an investigation by a working group comprising expert practitioners from Northamptonshire Highways and our Safer Road Alliance partners.

This group meets on a regular basis in order to survey and profile the Red Routes using an evidence led approach. Their remit is to reduce road casualties through engineering, enforcement and educational interventions at these locations.

How does a route get designated as a Red Route?

The criteria for Red Route designation is 4 injury collisions, which result in at least one person being killed or seriously injured, within a 1000 metre stretch of road in a rural environment, and over a 500 metre stretch within an urban area, over the most recent 3 full calendar years.

Through constant data monitoring emerging areas of concern can be quickly identified and routes assigned ‘Flashing Amber’ status for ongoing scrutiny.

Evidence led approach

In order to carry out studies, Northamptonshire Highways maintains a database of all personal injury collisions within the county which have come to the attention of the police, on both the local and trunk network. Information is stored from as far back as 1 January 2000.

Collision data analysis is the key element in identifying ‘at risk’ road user groups and the most collision affected sections of the road network.  Activity can then be directed to where it is most effective.

The police no longer routinely attend or record non-injury collisions and the Department for Transport do not require this information from local authorities. Provided that all the conditions of the Road Traffic Act are met then there is no obligation for a motorist to report a non-injury collision to the police. There is therefore no provision to analyse damage only collisions.

Red Routes in Northamptonshire

To date over 175 Red Routes have been profiled, many of which have benefitted from a range of effective measures which means that a significant proportion are no longer ‘active’ due to reductions in the collision rates.

​Number​Route description​Route details
​1 ​A5028 High Street, Higham Ferrers ​Spencer Road to Kimbolton Road
​10A43 Stanion to Weldon​Kettering Road, Stanion to A427 (including roundabout)​
​14  A6003 Uppingham Road, Corby​Oakley Hay roundabout to Four Ways roundabout​

A508 M1 to Roade​M1 junction 15 thorough to Roade petrol station​​
A5076 Great Billing Way, Northampton ​Talavera Way  to 150m south of Ecton Brook Road​
43 Lumbertubs, Northampton ​A45 to Round Spinney roundabout​
A508 Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton ​St. Georges Way to Holly Lodge Drive, Northampton​
​A4500 Wellingborough Road, Northampton​Abington Park to York Road
​A508 London Road, Northampton ​Queen Eleanor roundabout to Plough gyratory
​A605 Thrapston to Oundle ​A14 to Oundle
​B4525 Welsh Lane​A43 to A422
​A4500 Wellingborough Road, Northampton ​Abington Park to Booth Lane South
​63A6014 Oakley Road, Corby ​A427 to A6003 (excluding roundabouts)​
​A508 Stoke Bruerne to Old Stratford ​Canal bridge at Stoke Bruerne to A5 roundabout
​91A6 Burton Latimer​Black Lodge to A14 j10 (included)​
​A43 Northampton to Kettering ​Moulton to A14 j8
​A43 Corby to Easton on the Hill​Steel Road, Corby to Lincolnshire county boundary
​A45 Daventry to Newnham ​London Road roundabout to Newnham Grange
​A5123 Kettering Road, Northampton ​Booth Lane North to St. Michaels Road
​A361 Daventry to Charwelton ​A45 roundabout to Charwelton crossroads
​119 ​C5 Whilton ​Whilton to Nobottle

​A5199 Spratton​Violet Lane, Creaton to Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton
​126A4300 Eskdaill Street, Kettering ​Northfield Avenue roundabout (excluded) to Montagu Street​
​A422 Brackley to Middleton Cheney​A43 to B4525
​B571 Wellingborough Road, Irthlingborough​Church Street to Sidegate Lane
​C146 Hardwick Road, Wellingborough ​Westfield Road to Appleby Gate
141​A427 Westcott Way, Corby ​West of Geddington Road roundabout to Abington Road​
​151​A4500 Spencer Bridge Road, NorthamptonBarrack Road to Harlestone Road​
​158​A509 Bozeat to Little IrchesterLondon Road, Bozeat to Gipsy Lane, Little Irchester​
​161C54 Bugbrooke to Kislingbury ​Church Lane, Bugbrooke to Rothersthorpe Road, Kislingbury​
​ 165  ​A5028 Duck Street, Rushden​A6 to High Street
​166A428 Victoria Promenade & gyratory, Northampton​Bedford Road / Derngate to entrance for Carlsberg​
​C6 / C96 Orlingbury to Broughton ​Pytchley Grange junction to the abattoir turn
​C8 Kettering to Thrapston​Stamford Road, Kettering to Chancery Lane, Thrapston
​A4500 Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell ​Lumbertubs off slip to Great Billing Way roundabout
​A427 Weldon Road, Corby ​Geddington Road roundabout to A43 roundabout
​C122 Boughton Green Road, Northampton ​Harborough Road to Moulton Industrial Estate roundabout
​179 ​C156 Booth Lane (North & South), Northampton ​Wellingborough Road to Kettering Road
​180 ​U5059 Gainsborough Road & U5102 Turner Road, Corby ​Tower Hill Road to Westcott Way
​181 ​A45 & A425 Daventry to Staverton ​Braunston Road, Daventry to Daventry Road, Staverton
​182 ​Eastern Wellingborough ​Midland Road, Victoria Road, Cannon Street, Finedon Road, Eastfield Road & Elsden Road
​183 ​A428 Rushmills, Northampton ​Barnes Meadow to Great Houghton
​184  ​U5033 Beanfield Avenue, Corby​Jubilee Avenue to Cottingham Road
​185 ​A6 Finedon to Irthlingborough ​Wellingborough Road, Finedon to Finedon Road, Irthlingborough
​186A5001 Wellingborough Road, Rushden​A45 overbridge and Northampton Road to St. Mary’s Avenue​
​187A428 West Haddon to Ravensthorpe​Guilsborough Road, West Haddon to Long Lane, Ravensthorpe​
​Major: trunk roadsMajor: principal roads​Minor roads​​Total road length

Major trunk roads are those which are managed by Highways England.

Several of these roads have historical red routes on them but even though some have high levels of collisions which result in at least one person being killed or seriously injured they are only monitored, as Northamptonshire Highways are not able to investigate any engineering measures on this part of the network.