Temporary barriers to stay on Northampton’s main shopping street for two more months

Temporary barriers are set to remain on Abington Street until March.
Temporary barriers are set to remain on Abington Street until March.

Temporary metal barriers are set to remain on Abington Street until March while permanent street furniture is ‘manufactured’ - according to Northampton Borough Council.

The town’s main shopping street reopened to cars for the first time in more than 20 years at the start of December.

Since then, temporary barriers, secured with sandbags and surrounded by cones, have been situated on the corner of both Abington Street and Wellington Street, and also at the junction of Abington Street with St Giles Terrace.

The opening of the street to traffic was met with significant opposition earlier this year, when a petition received more than 1,200 signatures.

This morning a spokeswoman for the borough council has confirmed the temporary barriers are to stay in place for at least two more months.

She said: “The barriers and planters in Abington Street are only temporary and will be replaced with attractive new street furniture as soon as we are sure that they are in the right place and working well to guide pedestrians and drivers.

“The new permanent barriers and planters are designed to enhance the overall look and feel of the area, which is part of our strategy to make the top of Abington Street more accessible and attractive.

“We have been speaking to local businesses who are already telling us that shoppers like the convenience of being able to park near their stores.

“The permanent barriers are now being manufactured and will be installed in March.”