Town centre safety this Christmas 2017

Published: Monday, 18 December 2017

Northampton Borough Council is reminding festive party-goers of the importance of personal safety this Christmas. In particular, the council is keen to raise awareness of how to identify licensed taxis and private hire cars.

All licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in Northampton must display a license plate at the rear of their vehicle as well as their driver registration details inside the car. Taxis and private hire vehicles operated under different licenses meaning that it’s illegal to use a private hire car that you hail in the street. All private hire journeys must be booked in advance otherwise the journey is uninsured, placing the driver and passengers at risk.

As an additional safety measure, temporary road closures will be in place on key dates over the festive period to help ensure the safety of Christmas party-goers.

Bridge Street will be closed to traffic between 11.30pm and 5am on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23 December
  • Sunday 24 December
  • Sunday 31 December

Barriers will be placed across the top and bottom of the street along with clear diversion signs to direct traffic. The road will be open as normal during the day.

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community engagement and safety at Northampton Borough Council, said: “We all like to catch up with friends and family to celebrate at Christmas but don’t let a poor decision ruin a great night out.

“Always use a licensed taxi or private hire car to get home - if you don’t see a license plate, do not get in the car. Try to plan your journey home before you leave the house, stay with your friends and make sure your phone has plenty of battery so you can keep in touch throughout the night.”