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Business as usual as St Giles Street improvements start

Cllr Mary Markham with Annie Rockley from Peppertrees and Jonathan Williams from Montague Jeffrey on St Giles Street.
Cllr Mary Markham with Annie Rockley from Peppertrees and Jonathan Williams from Montague Jeffrey on St Giles Street.
Published: Monday, 22 February 2016

Work to improve the footpaths and roadway in St Giles Street have started today between Hazelwood Road and Castilian Street.

The improvements will include new paving, lighting and tree planting in the street, similar to that which has taken place in Guildhall Road. Streets which will be upgraded as part of the programme are St Giles Street, Fish Street and St Giles Square.
 
While improvement work takes place, roads will be closed and traffic diverted during the various stages – road users are advised to check on closures and diversions and carefully follow the road signage around the area.
 
The bus stop in St Giles Street will be re-located to Derngate and car parking spaces will not be available – motorists looking to shop in St Giles Street are advised to use the parking bays in Abington Street, the Ridings car park, or the town centre multi-storey car parks (these allow two hours free parking on weekdays, free at weekends).
 

The street will be fully open to pedestrians and all businesses will be open as usual while the work takes place. There will be a break in the programme between October this year and the end of January next year to allow businesses in the St Giles Street area to maximise their Christmas trade.

The improvements programme will be carried out in stages and will be fully completed by May 2017.

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It is business as usual on St Giles Street and at all of the fantastic businesses that helped to earn the street the Great British High Street title last year. There will of course be some disruption while the improvement work takes place but shoppers and pedestrians will have access to the street at all times and we are in regular liaison with businesses, keeping them informed of what is planned, when and where.”

 

A detailed plan of the whole programme of works can be seen on our website at: www.northampton.gov.uk/StGilesSt