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.
A plan for the scheme can be found below:
Benefits of the scheme
The Cliftonville scheme will reduce traffic congestion, reduce the volume of traffic on the inner ring road enhancing air quality and make it easier to access Northampton General Hospital.
Public consultation is planned for early June 2019 and feedback will be considered as part of developing the final design.
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 and £0.777m of local match funding. The remaining £0.388m of match funding is still to be secured.
What happens next?
Delivery of the scheme is anticipated to commence in October 2019 with completion expected in summer 2020.