21 May 2010

Residents living in the vicinity of Gladstone Road in Northampton have helped influence the way highways improvements in their area will take shape after participating in a public consultation exercise.

The improvements being carried out by Northamptonshire County Council will not only make the street safer and more attractive but are also part of plans to encourage more walking, cycling and use of public transport in Northampton.

The Gladstone Road improvements form a major part of a £6.8 million scheme which has been funded from the government through the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Residents were asked for their views on two aspects of the initiative via leaflets which were posted through their doors and at through an exhibition which showcased the proposals.

They were consulted on:

  • The layout of Gladstone Road between Spencer Bridge Road and Merthyr Road.
  • The roundabout at the junction of Gladstone Road, Tintern Avenue and Pembroke Road.

Residents chose for the layout of Gladstone Road to take a more meandering path so that motorists would have to drive more slowly, making the road safer. The plans will also see parking bays provided; semi-mature trees planted and crossing points introduced at regular intervals.

People also chose for the existing roundabout to be a landscaped public space with trees and shrubs, rather than undergo ‘hard’ landscaping or contain a play area for children.

The improvements on the Gladstone Road area will start in July and are scheduled to be completed by the end of this winter.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for environment, growth and transport, said: “I’m delighted that the people in the Gladstone Road area of the town have played a part in shaping the designs in their neighbourhood and I’m sure when the work is complete it will look great.

“These changes will also make the road safer for the people who live there by encouraging motorists to use different routes and by making it harder for drivers who continue to use the road to speed.

“Our roads are getting busier and busier and we need to look at new ways of making sure that people can travel about Northampton relatively easily and in safety.”

Other improvements include:

  • A new 20mph zone on all residential sections of Gladstone Road.
  • Improvements to bus facilities.
  • A zebra crossing at Spencer Haven.