26 October 2011

More night-working will take place on Northampton’s Kingsthorpe Corridor project to reduce disruption for motorists, residents and businesses and speed up the time it takes to complete the scheme.

Northamptonshire County Council will start the resurfacing work on Monday, October 31 and this will take place over 10 weekday nights between 8pm and 6am – with the road opening each day for the morning rush hour.

On weekday nights, between Monday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 9 there will be a full road closure at the Cock Hotel junction for work to take place.

While on the nights from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11, Alexandra Terrace and Welford Road junction will be under three-way temporary traffic signals, whilst resurfacing work takes place.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for transport, highways, infrastructure and public protection, said: “Carrying out this work overnight means that not only is there less disruption for the public but much more work can be done in a concentrated period of time.

“The night-working which took place in September proved to be a success and tremendous progress was made.

“Work is progressing well and although there has inevitably been some disruption, we’ve tried to keep this to a minimum and all businesses on the stretch of road are open as usual.

“The Kingsthorpe Corridor is a busy route into the town centre and I believe this work will go a long way to ensure that the road system can accommodate the growing amount of traffic and, at the same time, persuade people to use public transport by bringing more consistency and efficiency to bus journey times.”

The council has been working on a construction strategy to minimise disruption and complete the overnight resurfacing work as quickly as possible and has introduced a number of working methods:

• Using vehicles fitted with the latest low frequency reversing bleepers; these are specially designed to limit audible noise outside the danger zone, but are still effective and safe
• Vehicle movements will be kept to a minimum to minimise disruption