05 August 2014

As part of works to bring improvements to a Northampton road junction, soon it will be necessary to implement a number of night-time road closures.

Northamptonshire County Council, working with Northampton Borough Council, is currently enhancing the Bedford Road/Victoria Promenade intersection.

When will the closures take place?

The overnight road closures will run between Monday, August 18 and Friday, August 22 and then again on Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27. The hours of the closure are between 7pm and 4am.

The work will involve planing the existing road and carrying out resurfacing.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is the latest component in a whole raft of work that is taking place across the town to help boost economic growth.

“We’ve made great progress so far and I’d like to thank motorists for their patience while the work has taken place.

“Our aim is to complete the necessary works as early as possible and to minimise inconvenience to road users. In order to carry out resurfacing work it is necessary to close the junction in its entirety but to minimise this disruption we’re keeping this to a night-time closure.

“When the work’s done not only will the enhancement make this a very attractive entrance to the town but it will also reduce congestion.

“Most of all though this is helping remove potential barriers to the regeneration of Northampton town centre and provide greater confidence for investors that key sites can be released for development.”

What diversions will be in place?

During the work, the junction will be closed to through traffic, although there will still be access for businesses and residents living in the vicinity of the works.

  • The existing closure at the southern end of Derngate will remain in place.
  • Through traffic travelling towards town on the A428 Bedford Road, will be diverted north along Cliftonville Road.
  • Vehicles heading south along York Road will not be able to enter Cheyne Walk (except for access) and will be diverted either along Spencer Parade or Billing Road.
  • Vehicles travelling west from the Plough Hotel gyratory towards the works will be turned round at the roundabout outside the Morrisons supermarket.

In the hours outside the night-time closures, the lane restrictions, which are currently in place, will be in use.

It is planned that the scheme will be finished by mid September.