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The A43 is a primary route in the Englishmarker Midlands, that runs from the M40 motorway near Ardleymarker in Oxfordshire to Stamfordmarker in Lincolnshiremarker. On the way it passes many large towns, including Northamptonmarker, Ketteringmarker and Corbymarker, as well as linking to the M1 motorway.

The section of the road between the M40 and M1 is designated a trunk road, managed and maintained by the Highways Agency. The remainder of the route is the responsibility of local authorities.

Route of road

M40 to M1

The A43 starts at M40 junction 10 (the location of Cherwell Valley Services) and is widely regarded as being one of the worst motorway junctions in the country despite improvements made in the early 2000s. There are often long tailbacks at the junction, even at off-peak times.

The stretch of A43 through Northamptonshiremarker was upgraded to dual carriageway standard in the early 2000s, primarily to improve access to Silverstonemarker, then home of the British Grand Prixmarker.

The town of Brackleymarker was bypassed in 1987, and the road continues towards Silverstone, where the road joins the A413 at a grade-separated junction.

The A43 then continues towards Towcestermarker, where it meets the A5 (Roman Watling Streetmarker) at a roundabout. This roundabout is dangerously unsuited to the traffic volumes it handles on both roads. Continuing towards Northamptonmarker, it bypasses Blisworth and Milton Malsor, before reaching the M1 at junction 15A.

M1 to Corby

From M1 junction 15a the A43 runs concurrently southbound on the M1 to junction 15. It then follows the A45 Nene Valley Way up to the Lumbertubs Way Interchange. From here it splits from the A45 and continues via dual carriageway where it meets the Round Spinney roundabout. North of Northampton, it rejoins the old course of the A43 and passes through Moultonmarker. A bypass is proposed for here.

Following this, the road has a straight, rural stretch before reaching a roundabout at Broughtonmarker. After bypassing Broughton, it continues towards Ketteringmarker. It overlap the A14 at its Junction 8, to bypass Ketteringmarker. At Junction 7 the A43 re-emerges on a new dual carriageway bypass. The old route of the A43 through Kettering town centre is still intact.

After bypassing Kettering, the road passes Boughton Housemarker, and travels through the historic village of Geddingtonmarker. The traffic is often heavy here, and a bypass is proposed. Continuing from here, it passes the Euro-Hub site at Corbymarker, and then it passes Corby and reaches several roundabouts.

Corby to Stamford

After bypassing Corby and Weldonmarker, it heads out on a rural stretch, past Deene Parkmarker, and then bypassing Bulwickmarker, the only village on this stretch. It passes some splendid woodland, and then heads towards Duddington.

Bypassing Duddington, it meets the A47. After a few miles it passes through Collywestonmarker and Easton-on-the-Hill.

Then it meets the A1marker, before continuing towards Stamford. Previously, the A43 stopped at a junction with the Old A1 (Great North Road) in Stamford, but now that Stamfordmarker is bypassed, the A43 continues over the River Wellandmarker, until it reaches the A16marker.

History of the road number

The original (1923) route of the A43 was from the A42 (later the A34) at Kidlingtonmarker to Stamford. After completion of the Oxford Ring Road, the southern terminus was changed to the Pear Tree Roundabout between Kidlington and Oxfordmarker. When the M40 was opened in 1991 the road from the Pear Tree Roundabout to Weston-on-the-Greenmarker was renumbered A34, and the stretch through Middleton Stoneymarker between the A34 and junction 10 of the M40 was downgraded to the B430.

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