11 February 2013

As part of a wider highways project to help regenerate Northampton town centre, roadworks will shortly be starting on the Plough Hotel gyratory requiring night-time closures.

Northamptonshire County Council is currently putting highways infrastructure in place to unlock three initiatives in the St Johns area of the town.

Now as part of this work, reconstruction of the carriageway on the gyratory between the Plough Hotel and the King Billy pub will be carried out from 1st March for eight nights.

In order to keep disruption to a minimum a full closure will only take place overnight.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “We’re now moving towards the end of this very important project to unlock key developments in the town and this final element is essential because the Plough Hotel gyratory is an extremely busy thoroughfare.

“Carrying out road restructuring work on one of the busiest through routes in Northampton is always going to cause some disruption but I believe that the methods used will keep this to the absolute minimum.

“This system allows us to carry out the work as quickly as possible, which is always important but essential in this part of town.

“We’re starting to see some real improvements to Northampton town centre with some big projects coming on line with the enhanced highways infrastructure complementing this.”

The stretch of road being reconstructed will be closed completely between 7:30pm and 6am while work is taking place. However it is anticipated that construction work should be finished by midnight, allowing time for road materials to cool.

Carriageway closures will start on the evening of Friday, 1st March and will be carried out every night until Friday, 8th March.

The road closure will prevent the through-flow of cross town traffic along St Peters Way from the Gas Street roundabout and there will be signed diversions in place from Gas Street roundabout. Southbound traffic down Bridge Street will not be affected.

Staff controlled access will be in place at the Gas Street roundabout allowing motorists along St Peters Way to enter the St Peters and Commercial Street car parks. They will also be able to access Commercial Street, Kingswell Street and Woolmonger Street via Foundry Street (with the direction of flow reversed for the closure period). Exit from these roads will be via College Street.

During the day-time of Saturday March 2, between the hours of 6am and 7:30pm, works will restrict the carriageway to one lane open for traffic. On subsequent day-times, two lanes will be open to traffic.