Speed and noise tests to be carried out in Northampton’s ‘Insomnia Road’

Gladstone Road
Gladstone Road

Sleep-deprived residents of Northampton’s ‘Insomnia Road’ are to have independent noise and speed tests carried out on the rumble strips they say have made their lives a misery.

Residents in Spencer have been fighting for changes to the £6.8 million scheme in Gladstone Road, which Northamptonshire County Council says discourages drivers from speeding.

The funding was requested by county and borough councillor Gareth Eales, who has led a campaign for changes to the scheme since 2011. Senior councillors and officers agreed to provide the funding when they attended a meeting of Spencer Dallington Residents’ Association recently.

Councillor Eales (Lab, Dallington Spencer) said: “We remain resolute that we will get the long-awaited breakthrough that is needed. The Gladstone Road project has been controversial from the start and the disturbance the noisy surface has caused is unacceptable.

“The meeting we had recently with highways officials and Councillor Michael Clarke was positive, albeit ill-tempered in places, due to the passion the issue provokes in sleep-deprived residents.

“To remedy the noise will of course cost money, and we all understand the pressures on budgets in the current climate. However, we feel there is a moral obligation on the part of the authority to take action, as the detrimental impact the noise is having on people’s lives is worthy of some investment to correct.

“One thing I can promise is the residents’ association and myself will not rest until justice is done, and we hope the county council agreeing to fund these tests is a step forward.”

The county council says the scheme has been a success, as average speeds have reduced, but Councillor Eales said: “This is something residents and I passionately dispute.”

The results of the tests are due to be presented to Spencer Dallington Residents Association at its meeting in March. Its next meeting takes place on Thursday, February 6, at 7pm, at the Spencer Dallington Community Centre, in Tintern Avenue. All Spencer and Dallington residents are welcome.