A Northampton town centre street that is home to several bars and clubs will be closed to cars over Halloween in a bid to protect revellers.
Northampton Borough Council has announced it is to shut Bridge Street to cars at 11.30pm on Saturday, October 29, and keep it shut until 5am the following morning.
The closure is one of a series of measures featured in the authority's new Nights out Northampton scheme, aimed at keeping pub and club goers safer.
Cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Mike Hallam, said: “Our new campaign focusses on creating a safe and sociable town centre.
"In partnership with Northamptonshire Police and the Northampton Town Centre BID, we are working with local businesses to promote our messages to the public to ensure the safety of people visiting Northampton town centre.
“Halloween has become one of the most popular and busiest nights of the year so we’re expecting to see a lot of people heading out for the evening. Closing Bridge Street on this particularly busy night helps to reduce the risk of accident, and is one of the measures that we adopt on key dates throughout the year.”
Barriers will be placed across the top and bottom of the street along with clear diversion signs to direct traffic.
Northampton Street Pastors will also be out on the streets on Saturday alongside the Northampton Community Safety Partnership Marshals, both of
which will look to make sure people get home safely.
in working to make sure that all of those out and about in the town centre over the weekend have an enjoyable and safe experience.
Town centre safety is a priority for Northampton Borough Council who will shortly be launching a new safety campaign ‘Nights out Northampton’. The campaign will promote safety messages to everyone who visits Northampton town centre in the evening, with a particular focus on getting home safely.