08 February 2011

Changes are being made by Northamptonshire County Council to traffic management measures which have been introduced while improvements are being made at a busy Northampton junction.

Work is currently taking place at the junction of Billing Road and Cliftonville Road as part of a wider scheme to improve journey times between Wellingborough and Northampton.

Work at the junction started on January 17 with temporary lights in operation outside of peak hours, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The permanent traffic lights have been used in the morning and evening peak times.

The permanent lights will be switched off from Monday, February 14, and only the temporary ones used until the works finish, currently expected to be by mid March.

The permanent lights are reactive to traffic flows and adjust accordingly, while the temporary traffic signals, which are on fixed timings, cannot respond to cater for differing levels of traffic.

This can result in more congestion. However every effort will be made to adjust the timings of the temporary lights to keep disruption to a minimum.

A spokesman for the county council said: “Northamptonshire County Council and highways service provider MGWSP, will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum, but some delays will occur while construction work is carried out.

“As we enter the phase of the project it is necessary to make these changes to ensure the work can take place safely at these junctions.

“Ultimately when the works are completed there will be improved traffic flows and we would ask for people’s patience while the project continues.”