Town centre road to be closed to traffic in bid to ease congestion in Northampton

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A road in Northampton town centre will be closed off next week as part of a trial measure to reduce congestion.

Kingswell Stret will be closed to through traffic between Woolmonger Street and Gold Street from Monday as part of a move by Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council.

Vehicles will no longer be able to travel up Kingswell Street and on to Bradshaw Street via College Street removing “rat running” from Bradshaw Street. Access to College Street will be via St Katherines Street.

The existing traffic orders on Gold Street will remain in force restricting access to buses, taxis and delivery vehicles from Marefair only. This will enable some limited access from Gold Street to the first part of College Street suitable for smaller vehicles only.

In a joint statement, Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This temporary order will come into effect on Monday and it will be valid for 18 months to allow us to monitor and assess its impact on town centre traffic movements.”

And David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, added: “Road congestion in town centres is sometimes unavoidable, but when it arises we do what we can as local authorities to deal with it.

“The causes of these issues can be many and varied – from road signal malfunctions to accidents, or events taking place in the town – but people looking for shortcuts can compound the problem.

“We believe that by stopping traffic being funnelled along College Street and into Bradshaw Street, we ought to be able to reduce the pressure on the road system in that area.”