03 November 2011

Resurfacing work will take place at a Northampton junction over three successive weekends as a scheme to bring improvements to the busy intersection nears completion.

A full closure of the London Road/Ransome Road junction will take place between 7am on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday on the weekend of November 5 and 6.

While on the weekend of November 12 and 13 the closure will be in place from 5pm on the Saturday until about 6pm on the Sunday.

The final closure is scheduled for Sunday, November 20 between 9am and 6pm.

Completely closing the junction to traffic will allow work to be carried out much more quickly, is safer for the workforce and the public and minimises disruption in the long term.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “The improvements to the road layout at this junction will bring real benefits for motorists through increasing the traffic capacity.

“Work has progressed well and now we’re bringing about the finishing touches with the resurfacing work.

“Inevitably there is disruption with such a big project but by keeping the closures to the weekend we’re minimising this. We’ve listened to what businesses in the area have said and modified our work programme accordingly.

“Although the junction will be closed to through traffic, it’s important to note that businesses in the area are open as usual while the work is being carried out.

“The weekend closures will help us get the work completed as quickly as possible before the December embargo – the time period during which road works are suspended on major routes, so as not to clash with the busy Christmas shopping period.”

Signed diversion routes will be in place during the periods the junction is closed, while access for light vehicles to the Asda store will be via Southfield Avenue.

The materials used work best in dry condition and means work could be delayed by bad weather. However, in the event of work being delayed, the junction would be re-opened for the Christmas shopping period.