The road lies about half a mile south of the main field of battle (see map, right) where 5,000 troops died. The Naseby church spire can be seen in the photograph, which looks east, at right background. Cromwell's forces built up to the left of where the link road runs, before engaging the King's forces over the hill.
After a 15-year legal fight, the Department of Transport won the modern skirmish. Mr MacGregor called it the most important new strategic route since the M40, adding that careful route selection, the planting of 1 million trees, shrubs and hedges, and the construction of badger tunnels and deer fencing had minimised the environmental impact.
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