Cliftonville Corridor improvements

​Description of scheme

Cliftonville Road, Alfred Street and St Edmund Street together provide an important north-south link between the main east-west Bedford Road and Wellingborough Road corridors to the east of Northampton town centre. Cliftonville Road is also one of the main accesses to and from Northampton General Hospital.

At peak times the corridor experiences congestion and traffic regularly queues back from Cliftonville Road along Bedford Road as far as the Barnes Meadow Interchange.

The Northampton Central Area Action Plan produced by Northampton Borough Council and our Northampton Town Transport Strategy both outline a strategy to reduce traffic and improve air quality on the inner ring, particularly on roads like Cheyne Walk and York Road.

The proposed scheme will slightly widen Cliftonville Road from Bedford Road to the south entrance of Northampton General Hospital to create three lanes of traffic, two northbound and one southbound. The Cliftonville Road / Billing Road / Alfred Street and St Edmund Street / Wellingborough Road junctions will also be upgraded.

Benefits of the scheme

The scheme will reduce traffic congestion and the volume of traffic on the inner ring road, enhance air quality and make it easier to access Northampton General Hospital.

Public consultation

Public consultation ran from 1 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.

Two public consultation events were held on 7 August 2019 and 15 August 2019, where the consultation boards were available to view and the team answered questions.

View the consultation boards with details of the scheme and further information:

Scheme cost and how it will be funded

We have been successful in securing £1.814m of government funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund. This will be supported by £0.777m of local match funding.

What happens next?

We are currently reviewing the feedback from the public consultation and finalising the scheme design.

We are proposing to deliver the scheme in phases to minimise disruption as far as possible. The first phase is anticipated to commence in October 2019 with other phases following and completion expected in summer 2020.