06 November 2018

​Northamptonshire County Council will draw-up a programme of road safety schemes in the county to help mitigate the impact of the building of the HS2 rail-link on the local highways network.

The county council’s Cabinet will hear details of the proposals at a meeting next week and how £1.65 million has been awarded from the Department for Transport so the projects can take place.

To get the funding the county council has to submit a programme of potential schemes that focus on a number of objectives including traffic calming and road and cycle safety.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:

 

“This government money is extremely welcome as it allows us to carry out mitigation works which would just not have been possible without their assistance.

“What we need to do now is further work to gather together a list of the projects to take forward in consultation with local communities before working with our highways service provider KierWSP to get the schemes implemented.”

Following the completion of the HS2 enabling works, the main project is due to start in June 2019. This is when the most significant impact of construction traffic will be felt on local communities.

Schemes will be delivered in three phases – phase one projects will take place prior to when the main construction work starts, while phase two schemes will take place during the HS2 project. Phase three projects will be carried out once HS2 is completed.