Joint working to ease traffic congestion in Northampton town centre

Published: Friday, 10 March 2017

Measures to improve traffic flow around Northampton town centre are set to be introduced soon.

Traffic in the centre of Northampton has been increasing and the roads in the town have often become congested, causing delays to buses and other traffic and inconvenience to people visiting and working in the area.

Northampton Borough Council has lead discussions with Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and Stagecoach to find ways to combat the problem and have today announced a number of measures aimed at keeping the traffic moving freely around the town centre.

Among a variety of measures to be considered, the following will be implemented as soon as possible:

  • Working with Northamptonshire Police to carry out enforcement activity on the Drapery, where existing regulations mean the street should be used by buses, Hackney carriages, private hire vehicles and emergency services only
  • Traffic enforcement cameras will be installed in the Drapery for a trial period to ensure that the existing regulations are adhered to
  • The yellow box junction at the junction of Sheep Street will be extended and repainted, to ensure traffic in Greyfriars does not block the junction and allow traffic to circulate round Northgate bus station
  • Parking bays in Sheep Street will be changed to allow loading and unloading only. Disabled parking bays will not be affected by this change
  • Signage reminding traffic that there is no left turn from Greyfriars into Sheep Street will be improved
  • Bradshaw Street will become one-way, allowing for dedicated lanes for those turning left and those turning right, and visitors to the Park Inn Hotel are being guided to use the hotel’s St Katherine Street entrance

Work involving consultations and traffic regulations will begin immediately, with a view to the improvements being in place by the summer.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said:  “We have worked very hard to attract investment and increase the number of shoppers in Northampton town centre, with a good deal of success.  But increased traffic in the town has led to congestion and we understand how frustrating that is for anyone caught up in it, and the impact it has on local business.

“We all want to see a thriving Northampton so we will be moving forward with a number of measures to improve traffic flow. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of these measures in a bid to avoid these situations in the future.”

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Northampton, like other town centres nationally, is getting busier and busier and as the population grows and car ownership goes up we need to react to changes.

“We’ve worked closely with colleagues to come up with proposals and now we need to focus on how they might be implemented to get the best results.”