Permanent barriers now installed in depedestrianised Abington Street in Northampton

Permanent barriers in Abington Street
Permanent barriers in Abington Street

Permanent barriers have now been built along the pavement in Abington Street in Northampton.

The new metal rails are gradually replacing the temporary barriers and traffic cones put in place at the end of last year when work to open the upper part of the road to traffic was completed.

The one-way road goes from St Giles Terrace through to Wellington Street and has 30 parking bays and 17 disabled parking bays, free to use for up to two hours.

The project to depedestrianise the town’s main shopping street for the first time in 20 years took seven months to complete and was met with objection from people in the town blaming it for a drop in trade.

However, the road has been well-used and Northampton Borough Council leader David Mackintosh said at the time that there had been “great interest” from businesses keen to open in the street.