Road closures confirmed ahead of St Crispin Street Fair in Northampton

St Crispins Fair, Northampton. NNL-141025-155058009
St Crispins Fair, Northampton. NNL-141025-155058009

Road closures for the St Crispin’s Street Fair, which runs in Northampton town centre from Saturday for four days, have been confirmed

The fair is organised by fairground owners, Albert Evans and John Greatorex (Jnr) and is open from 10.30am to 10.30pm. It takes place on Mercer’s Row, the Market Square, Abington Street from near Marks & Spencer to the Market Square and on the Commercial Street car park.

The borough council has confirmed that Commercial Street car park will be closed to the public from 6pm on Friday October 23 until 6am on Wednesday October 28. The Mercer’s Row taxi rank will be relocated to George Row, on the opposite side of All Saints Church, from 6pm on Friday October 23.

The following road closures have been agreed by Northamptonshire County Council and the fair organisers:

* Mercer’s Row will be closed off to traffic from 6pm on Friday, October 23 to 6am on Wednesday, October 28.

* Wood Hill and part of Dychurch Lane (between Wood Hill and Café Nero) will only be accessible to delivery vehicles as all parking has been suspended from 6pm on Friday, October 23 to 6am on Wednesday October 28.

* Buses and taxis will still be able to travel north up Bridge Street as they can exit the town centre out of Drapery.

* However because existing traffic regulations prohibit cars and motorcycles from using Drapery and they won’t be able to use Mercer’s Row and Wood Hill during the closure period, they are advised against travelling north up Bridge Street.

* Delivery vehicles, which can currently only access Drapery between 4pm and 10am, are advised to travel north up Bridge Street between these times only.

* Cars entering George Row from St Giles Square will still be able to exit southbound down Bridge Street as normal.

* Temporary signage will be put up at the southern end of Bridge Street advising of the situation while restrictions are in force.

The borough council said it also understood that Northamptonshire County Council and the fair organisers have agreed that there will be no parking in the disabled bays in Wood Hill and Bridge Street will be closed to traffic coming into town for the duration of the fair. Bridge Street will be accessible via St Giles Square and parking will be available as usual.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community engagement, said: “The St Crispin’s Fair has proved very popular with visitors to Northampton and we have been pleased to welcome the organisers back to town once again. It is a fantastic event for the town.”

The fair opening times are 10.30am to 10.30pm.