08 December 2014

With a home fixture clash between Saints and Cobblers on Saturday, December 13, motorists are being advised to be aware of potential heavy congestion in the Sixfields and St James areas of Northampton.

Northampton Saints have instigated a traffic management plan to try and reduce the impact of the clash, which coincides with one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Saints are at home to Italian side Treviso with a 3.15pm kick-off while Cobblers play Plymouth Argyle at Sixfields with a 3pm start.

The clash has resulted from the Saints’ game having been chosen by BT Sport for live TV coverage, and the long distance being travelled by Plymouth supporters to Sixfields.

The clubs have worked together to reduce congestion while fans are also advised to plan journeys and car share where possible.

In addition, motorists seeking access to the M1 motorway are advised to avoid junction 16 and instead use junctions 15 and 15A.

Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Both clubs have been working together to keep fixture clashes to a minimum but unfortunately in this case it has been unavoidable.

“We’re tying to make people aware that there will be very heavy traffic in the Sixfields and St James areas of the town on the afternoon of Saturday, December 13, around the kick-off and final whistle times and for people to tailor their journeys accordingly.”

Roadside electronic signs in Northampton will also advise of the potential congestion.