Bridge Street in Northampton closed to traffic on four nights during festive period

General view of Bridge Street, Northampton. ENGNNL00120120923124815
General view of Bridge Street, Northampton. ENGNNL00120120923124815

Bridge Street in Northampton is to be closed to traffic during four of the busiest nights of the year over the festive period to “increase safety in the area”, Northants Police has announced.

Between 11pm and 4.30am on 24, 26 and 31 December, and 1 January, barriers will be placed on the top and bottom of Bridge Street restricting access to vehicles.

A Northamptonshrie Police spokesman said the aim of the closure is to “increase safety in the area, reducing congestion and cut the risk of crime and disorder.”

Barriers will be placed at the top of Bridge Street at the junction with Gold Street and Wood Hill. There will also be barriers at the bottom of Bridge Street near to the Department of Meat licensed premises.

At 04.30am, once most people have left the late night-venues along Bridge Street, barriers will be lifted and traffic will return to normal.

Signs directing traffic to the road closure will be placed at the junction of St Giles Street and Guildhall Road and any traffic wanting access to Mercers Row, Wood Hill or St Georges Row will have to leave the town centre via The Drapery during these hours.

The application for the temporary closure was made by Northampton Borough Council to Highways Agency on behalf of Northamptonshire Police.