After campaigning for many years for the building of a bypass for the town, in 1984 a committee was formed to lead efforts for the long-awaited bypass. Alternative routes for the scheme were put on public display in April 1986.
On Saturday, 16 May 1987, the Bypass Committee organised a Parade with banners depicting the Bypass cause. Cash prizes were offered to the winners of the banners and fancy dress was welcomed.
In December 1987 at Transport House in London, a special Christmas card was presented to the Transport Minister, Mr Peter Bottomley, by Mr Christopher Groome, councillor and chairman of the Bypass Coimmittee, together with Mr Jim Aveliing, Town Council Chairman and Committee Publicity Officer. The Kettering MP, Mr Roger Freeman, was also present.
Plans were going ahead to build a bypass in 1990 but the committee pressed for the date to be brought forward a year to relieve the traffic problems. In September 1989 jubilant residents welcomed the news from the Transport Minister Robert Atkins that work on the £3 million bypass to carry traffic around the eastern side of the town would, in fact, commence at the end of 1990.
Nearly 1,300 residents signed a petition, handed to the inspector at a public inquiry in June urging for the bypass to be built. The inquiry was held after two local residents - one of whom was Harold Fry, of Wold Road - wrote objecting to the scheme. Mr Fry maintained that the decision to give the road the go ahead would open the flood gates to new homes in the town. In a quote from the Evening Telegraph on 28 September, Mr Jack Addis of Nene Road said, "Everyone will be very relieved as the road has been desperately needed for many years. It has taken more than 50 years to get this bypass." A bypass committee member, Cllr Jim Aveling told the Evening Telegraph: "This is great news. We have been struggling for quite a few years and we have had lots of disappointments but now they have vanished. It really does give us great satisfaction." A further quote was given by Mrs Eileen Waddington, headteacher at East Lea Primary School, right next to the busy A6. She said, "It will be much safer for the children."
Mr Freeman announced that 20,000 trees and shrubs and six kilometres of hedgerows were to be planted to make the road blend into its surroundings. Mr Freeman told the Evening Telegraph, "This is a great day for Burton Latimer. It will take away more than 60 per cent of the town's traffic and will make it a pleasanter and safer environment in which to live." Mr Herbert Wagstaff, a resident of the A6 Kettering Road, said that the bypass was a wlcome relief. He said: "They should have done it years ago. It's been terrible, especially early in the morning. It was very dangerous." Another resident of the town, Mrs Jean Thompson of Park Road, said: "If it keeps the traffic away it will be good for the children. It's surprising how much dirt there is on the A6".