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Roade is a village in Northamptonshiremarker, England and in the area of the South Northamptonshiremarker District Council where it is in the two-member Blisworthmarker and Roade ward.


Roade straddles the busy Northamptonmarker to Milton Keynesmarker A508, ca. south of junction 15 of the M1 motorway, south of Northamptonmarker and north of Milton Keynesmarker.

The West Coast Main Linemarker railway from Londonmarker Eustonmarker to Manchestermarker and Scotlandmarker goes through the village in a deep cutting, known as Roade cutting. The line dates from 1838 and was electrified in the 1960s. It now carries 125mph trains. The cutting is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) listed by English Nature (see external link). A station serving Roademarker was situated at the southern end of the village and the cutting, which closed in 1964. A branch, the Northampton loop leaves the main line just north of the village. There was a campaign in the 1990s to have the station reopened for commuter traffic to London. An option to reopen the station for commuters to London, Milton Keynes and Northampton remains but there are neither current plans nor desire to add additional stops on the line.


The 2001 Census shows 2,254 people living in the parish , 1,117 male and 1,137 female, in 962 dwellings.


The local secondary school, Roade School, is the one of two Sports Colleges in Northamptonshire, the other being Kingsthorpe College. The catchment area extends to Grange Parkmarker, Blisworthmarker, Stoke Bruernemarker and several other villages in the area.

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