22 December 2010

The second phase of roadworks being carried at the junction of Northfield Avenue and Northampton Road in Kettering will start on January 11, 2011.

Northamptonshire County Council is carrying out the work at the junction to replace existing traffic lights with a double roundabout to improve traffic flow at what is one of the most congested intersections in the county.

The next stage of the project will see the junction visibly transform with the construction of the roundabouts, carriageway and footpaths along with the installation of a pedestrian crossing, street lights and underground drainage.

In order for the work to take place a new programme of temporary traffic management will be instigated, which will see two-way traffic signals replace the three-way traffic lights.

To do this it will be necessary to close a short length Northfield Avenue on the southbound approach to the junction (opposite the Honda Garage). However Northfield Avenue, northbound, away from the junction will be kept open.

Access will be maintained at all times to ATS, Morrisons Petrol Station, Sanders Honda Garage, Topps Tiles, Lidl, B&Q and all car parks and other stores in the vicinity.

Diverted traffic will be directed to use Gypsy Lane as an alternative route. To improve traffic flows, parking will be prevented on Gypsy Lane between Northampton Road and Bowhill.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, minerals and waste, said: “The improvement works at this junction are badly needed as it is one of the busiest intersections in the county.

“This also means that in order to do the work there will inevitably be some disruption. However we’re trying to keep this to a minimum and we’d ask people to bear with us and be patient while the work is taking place.”

The improvements to Northampton Road are being delivered in response to widespread support from local residents, who took part in public consultation in October/November 2009, as part of the Kettering Town Centre Area Action Plan process.

The project has received £1.6 million through the Government’s Growth Fund, managed for North Northamptonshire by the North Northants Development Company (NNDC), together with other funding sources. An additional £315,000 has come from the county council.

A double roundabout was chosen as this delivers the most efficient amount of traffic movement relative to the land available at the junction.

When the project is finished it will provide better access to the town centre as well as improved crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.