An A6003 bypass around Caldecott in Rutland has been campaigned for since the 1960s. The village obtained funding for the bypass in 2007 but funding fell through due to the financial crisis.
Caldecott Parish Council, together with residents and nearby Parish Councils believe a bypass is an essential part of a plan that considers residents, the local area and impending housing developments.
In response to the Rutland County Council “Moving Rutland Forward” Local Transport Plan 2018 -2036 consultation, Caldecott Parish Council submitted a detailed response. The response requested that the priority of a bypass was raised and commitment to a feasibility study included (which would provide information on a potential route and costs).
The information presented was detailed, explaining the present day situation, the projected situation in 2026 and evidence drawn from Caldecott Residents Action Group (CRAG) in existence from 1995 – 2007. Key points highlighted were the Government’s Transport Investment Plan, the development at West Corby, Rutland tourism, road safety and quality of life.
Support and Petition
The submission was supported with letters from nearby Parish Councils (Great Easton, Hallaton, Middleton, Gretton, Seaton, Thorpe-by-Water, Horninghold, Stoke Dry and Rockingham) feedback submissions from residents and a petition signed by 91% of electorate Caldecott residents.
The RCC Transport Plan
Rutland County Council supported our submission in the local media and included the following paragraph in the next “Moving Rutland Forward” Local Transport Plan 2018 -2036, however a time frame was not included:
“There is a long and well documented history of a demand for a bypass for Caldecott, and RCC has previously successfully submitted its case and had funding allocated for such a project. Whilst the previous scheme was shelved as a consequence of the 2007/8 financial crisis, the situation needs to be reviewed in the face of exacerbating factors such as further increases in average annual daily volumes as measured by the Department for Transport, the considerable planned expansion of Corby, and the growth of Rutland’s tourism industry. We will commit to re-establishing the case for a relief road against set national standards and to seek the funds to undertake a feasibility study.”
The Corby development
The proposed development in Corby incorporates 4,500 new homes, supported by new shops, employment and schools. Many road improvements are under consideration but they do not extend as far as Caldecott.
More details can be found on the bypass website.