Joint working to ease traffic congestion in Northampton town centre

Published: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Measures to improve traffic flow around Northampton town centre are progressing well report Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

The two authorities and the Northampton Town Centre BID met again this month to advance plans to tackle town centre congestion and the resulting inconvenient peak-time delays.

The measures aimed at keeping traffic moving freely around the town centre will be introduced over the coming months, and include:

  • Introducing improved signage and junction markings at Sheep Street to ensure traffic does not block the junction
  • Changing parking bays in Sheep Street to allow loading and unloading only. Disabled parking bays will not be affected by this change
  • A consultation on agreed plans for Bradshaw Street to become one-way

Following a trial period during which traffic enforcement cameras were installed in the Drapery, a cabinet paper proposing long-term arrangements will also go before Northamptonshire County Council later in the year.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We’re really keen to push forward these changes and are making positive progress with this partnership approach. All of the suggestions we put forward earlier in the year are feasible and we’ve had some productive discussions about how we introduce them effectively.

“We have now agreed proposed changes which will shortly go out to consultation, so everyone will have a chance to see and comment on the plans.

“Northampton has so much to offer but we understand how frustrating congestion is for anyone caught up in it, as well as the impact it has on local business, so delivering these improvements will stay a priority for us.”

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We’ve been working closely with colleagues at Northampton Borough Council and we are making progress on measures to help alleviate traffic congestion in the town centre.

“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.”