Roadworks are taking place across Northampton this autumn as part of Northamptonshire County Council’s multi-million pound investment in the town’s infrastructure to lay the foundations for further economic growth.
Disruption to travel
Motorists are being warned in advance that disruption to travel is inevitable with so much work taking place on so many of the major routes in and around the county town.
The works fall into two categories:
- Infrastructure projects which will increase capacity on the existing network and help unlock economic growth and create jobs.
- Schemes enhancing the town centre, making it a more pleasant place as well as a more attractive town in which to invest.
The council has worked with partners to stagger the works as much as possible but as the funding for the projects has come from a variety of sources, there are date limits as to when some of the work can take place.
Traffic management programmes are still being finalised but working seven days a week on some of the projects is being considered to minimise the overall timeline for disruption.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said: “We’ve worked very hard to secure funding for the various highways projects we need to take place around the town to help unlock economic growth and to enhance the town centre.
“This is an exciting phase of development and over the next few months we will see a number of improvements take place across the town’s roads.
“However with all this work there will be a great deal of disruption and so we’re urging motorists to seek alternative routes as much as possible or even using alternative methods of travel where possible, such as walking or cycling if appropriate.”
Victoria Promenade/Bedford Road
Northamptonshire County Council, working with Northampton Borough Council, is currently enhancing the Bedford Road/Victoria Promenade intersection.
As the project draws to a finish, overnight closures (7pm to 4am) are needed so resurfacing can take place. The closures will be between Monday, August 18 and Friday, August 22 and on Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27. The scheme is due for completion on September 12th.
Towcester Road/Gas Street roundabout near Waterside Enterprise Zone
Starting on September 15th this £6.8 million scheme seeks to enable development in the 104 hectare Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone by increasing the capacity of the congested southern Inner Ring Road and by improving access to the site.
The scheme will also encourage wider development opportunities in the Enterprise Zone and town centre.
Northamptonshire County Council has secured £3.87million from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point funding pot - one of just 10 initiatives to do so nationwide.
The project is scheduled for completion in September 2015.
Round Spinney Roundabout
Planned to start in September 2014, this project is to extend the capacity and modernise traffic signals at the roundabout and is due for completion in Spring 2015.
This project has been made possible following a successful bid for £2.055m of Growth Deal money to the Government for the £3.425m scheme.
Spencer Bridge Road
As vehicles seek alternative routes because of the roadworks, traffic signal phasing will be altered on this road to make sure the traffic flows smoothly.
St Gregory’s roundabout
Traffic signals will be installed on this roundabout on the A43 Lumbertubs Way to improve safety.
Expected to take about three months the project will need to be completed by March 2015.
This Northampton Borough Council scheme to introduce vehicles into Abington Street between St Giles Terrace and Wellington Street is due for completion in November.
Work is planned to start on September 15th. This project, funded by Northampton Borough Council, will see the widening of the pavements and the narrowing of the carriageway in Guildhall Road, enhancing the appearance of this section of the town’s Cultural Quarter.
The work will be taking place seven days a week so that it will be completed by the end of November.
In addition there also other, Highways Agency, road schemes taking place.
- Starting in September there will also be works on the Tove roundabout on the A43 at Towcester.
- M1 works - renewal works to the central reservation barrier between junctions 16 and 19.
- Starting In September works start on the A43 Junction 10, slip-road on to the M40.