Improvements to a Northampton road junction will play a part in helping boost regeneration in the town.
Northamptonshire County Council, working with Northampton Borough Council, is proposing to enhance the Bedford Road/Victoria Promenade intersection, which is at over capacity and seen as a blockage to economic growth.
The improvements will include:
- Additional lane width approaching the junction along Bedford Road
- A dedicated left-turn lane from Bedford Road into Victoria Promenade
- Improved pedestrian crossings
- Enhanced paving materials to create a Heritage gateway to the town centre
- Intelligent traffic signal control to co-ordinate traffic movements around the adjacent network in anticipation of future growth
The scheme will complement other major highways projects on Northampton’s inner ring road which, combined, will greatly improve traffic flows.
Why is the improvement important?
This is seen as an essential component in the town’s regeneration and development of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone and the university campus.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is the latest component in a whole raft of work that is taking place across the town to help boost economic growth.
“Not only will the enhancement make this a very attractive entrance to the town but it will also reduce congestion.
“Most of all though this is helping remove potential barriers to the regeneration of Northampton town centre and provide greater confidence for investors that key sites can be released for development.”
Will there be road closures?
During the works, Derngate Road will be closed from the junction to Spring Gardens, while the existing permanent signals will be replaced with temporary three-way traffic signals, allowing traffic to manoeuvre between Victoria Promenade, Bedford Road and Cheyne Walk.
As well as the improved traffic flows, the design element of the project will greatly enhance the appearance of the area, and form the Heritage Gateway to the town centre area and Northamptonshire County Council working as Northamptonshire Highways, have been collaborating with Northampton Borough Council in this respect.
The overall scheme will cost £1.3m and work is due to start on 27 May 2014 and scheduled to take approximately 20 weeks to complete.