Traffic schemes ‘for most Saints home games’ this season

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Traffic management will be in operation ahead of Cobblers and Saints home games this weekend, as the rugby club reveals there will be similar schemes for the majority of games at Franklin’s Gardens this season.

The scheme will be in operation on Edgar Mobbs Way after this Saturday’s game to try to ease the exit of supporters using the club’s official car parks.

It is based on the trial of April 2011 and will see Edgar Mobbs Way turned into a one-way dual carriageway between Car Park D and the roundabout with Upton Way next to TGI Fridays.

Temporary traffic lights on Upton Way will help ensure a steady exit flow of traffic onto that roundabout with Edgar Mobbs Way.

For the duration of the traffic management – which will start 15 minutes before the final whistle of the Saints game and will be in operation for up to two hours – traffic will only be able to enter Sixfields from Weedon Road.

Diversion signs will be put out and drivers approaching the area will be advised of the traffic management via Northamptonshire County Council highways department’s dot matrix signs.

The club also confirmed that the Claret Car Park on Edgar Mobbs Way will be open and, as with the first home game of the season, there will be no parking cones along one side of Duston Road and additional police and parking enforcement patrols monitoring illegal and dangerous parking on residential side streets.

A Saints spokesman said: “With both the Saints and Northampton Town FC playing at home this Saturday at 3pm, everyone intending on driving through the Sixfields, St James, Upton and Duston areas of Northampton are advised to allow plenty of time for their journey.”