25 February 2015

Improvements at Northampton’s Gas Street roundabout are now moving into the final phase with resurfacing work about to start at the busy intersection.

To minimise disruption to the travelling public and businesses while maintaining safety standards, the work will take place overnight with a series of road closures set to be put in place.

When will the work take place?

The work will take place in two phases with the first 12-night tranche between Monday, March 2 and Friday, March 13 and the second 10-night block between Monday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 25.

Work during the daytime will continue with night time working and road closures between 8pm and 6am.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “The wider project at this busy junction is to increase capacity and therefore traffic flows.

“The resurfacing work will greatly improve the area and provide a surface with an extended life. We are taking this opportunity to provide a more long term solution to improve the standard of the road and are ensuring this resurfacing work is done before the busy trading period of Easter.

“Working at night has several advantages in that it is less disruptive as less traffic is diverted and trade in the local shops and businesses can continue.

“The work can also be carried out more effectively and more quickly as well as being safer to work at night when the streets are quieter and there are fewer pedestrians.”

Advantages of the wider scheme

This phase of a £6.8million Northamptonshire County Council scheme is part of wider works in the town to improve both the capacity of the infrastructure and enable and facilitate growth in the town.

Northamptonshire County Council secured £3.87million from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point funding pot – one of just 10 initiatives to do so nationwide.

The funding comes from central government and is earmarked for growth. To secure the funding there is a requirement that the money is used by April 2015.

The programme was initially nine months but, through more efficiencies and weekend working, the programme has been reduced to six months so that it can be completed as soon as possible.

Every effort will be made to carry out the noisier activities in the early part of the night and vehicles have been fitted with low frequency reversing bleepers, which are designed to limit audible noise outside the danger zone, but are still effective and safe.