Potholes in dozens of roads in Northampton to be fixed as part of £3.3 million repair work

Pothole repair workmen in Northamptonshire
Pothole repair workmen in Northamptonshire

A timetable of work to fix potholes in Northamptonshire, which is being funded by a £3.3 million Government grant, has been revealed.

In September, work will start in the Westone and Spencer areas of Northampton as well as a number of roads in Rothwell.

The following month highways contractors are due to complete pothole repairs in Wellingborough and Daventry.

In November, work will be concentrated in Barby, Corby and Rothwell.

Repair work will take place in the Boothville and Wootton areas of Northampton as well as Desborough in December.

In January, work will continue in Desborough as well as Rushden and then the final area where potholes will be repaired is Kingsthorpe in Northampton in February 2015.

The improvement works will be a combination of resurfacing and patching on both pavements and carriageways.

Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that this money has been made available to us and emphasises that our proactive approach to highways repairs is nationally recognised.

“This award has allowed us to bring forward a programme of area wide improvement works focussed within residential areas that wouldn’t have been otherwise possible this year.

“We are committed to improving the county’s highways network, whilst at the same time achieving value for the taxpayer.”

Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis, who has led a high profile campiagn to get more money to fix potholes in the county, said the announcement of the road repairs was “brilliant news.”

He said: “Every one of the roads in the streets being repaired in this tranche of road improvement works is down to the succesful campaign that residents of Northampton North supported.

“This is a success for thousands of residents in Northampton who live in the streets were work is being carried out.”

The county council will be contacting people in the areas where the works will take place in the days prior to work starting.

In order to do the work as quickly as possible, people will be asked to move their vehicles off roads and paths.

A council spokesman said the work is generally being carried out under a road closure, while maintaining access for residents and any affected businesses. Working hours are from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm - weather permitting - and no night working will be carried out.

The council said that, in selecting the areas for the work, sites were assessed in each district and borough to “identify estates where investment in suitable treatments now will save money in future maintenance costs” and “result in a visible ‘area’ impact”.