BREAKING NEWS: Gas repairs bring Northampton town centre to a standstill and cause bus diversions
Roadworks have brought Northampton town centre traffic to a near standstill over the lunchtime rush.
A lane closure on the A508 Horse Market, by Sol Central, has created a jam that is causing traffic to back up around the Gas Street roundabout and northwards towards Barrack Road.
Buses are at a standstill along The Drapery with many services delayed or disrupted. The area around North Gate Bus station, including Sheep Street and Greyfriars is also extremely busy.
In the last few minutes, operator Uno has announced the number 19 bus is having to divert along Gold Street. It means the bus is not taking passengers from its usual stop near the Plough Hotel.
Stagecoach, which runs the majority of services at North Gate, has announced "severe delays" to all of its services.
The roadworks at Sol Central are being carried out by National Grid.
Old iron gas mains are being replaced with more durable plastic pipes.
The company has been contacted for comment.