03 December 2010

Severe winter weather has caused delays to road works being carried out by Northamptonshire County Council.

The three sets of works – all part of the larger scheme to improve journey times on the A45 – were due to be finished tomorrow (DEC4).

Normally the county council operates an embargo on traffic management on strategic routes from the first Monday of December until the first Monday after the New Year to acknowledge the increase in traffic associated with the run up to the Christmas period.

The works affected are:

  • Bedford Road/ Cliftonville Road, Northampton – delayed until Thursday, December 9
  • Wellingborough Road/ St Edmund’s Street, Northampton – delayed until Friday, December 10
  • A4500/B573, Earls Barton – delayed until Thursday, December 16
  • Queensway/Kingsway, Wellingborough – delayed until Friday, December 10

Cllr Heather Smith county council cabinet member for highways, minerals and waste, said: “Obviously this is far from ideal but the recent wintery weather has led to delays in completing these roadworks.

“Contractors are working as hard as possible to make sure these works are completed quickly to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum. However the public should bear in mind that there may be delays on these routes and to plan this into their journey times.

“We realise that this is a very busy period for people and businesses alike and that is why we normally have an embargo on traffic management on strategic routes at this time of year.”

The revised dates are subject to weather conditions not deteriorating still further.