Bridge Street reopens to traffic today two years after Fat Cats blaze


Bridge Street in Northampton will reopen to traffic today after more than two years of restrictions following the fire at the former Angel Hotel.

The last of the scaffolding and protective hoardings will be removed from the carriageway today to allow traffic to once again flow in both directions.

The owners of the former hotel have agreed to scale back the protective scaffolding that has partially closed Bridge Street for two years.

All the relevant signage will subsequently be changed, although the repainting of road markings will be dependent on the weather.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council (Con. Rectory Farm) said: “This is good news for businesses in Bridge Street and the town centre.

“Over the last two years the Borough Council has been talking with businesses in Bridge Street and looking at what we can do to help them. The number one issue has been to restore the flow of traffic to help them reopen the road as one of the main gateways into the town centre.

“This has been incredibly frustrating for everyone but, with the road reopened, business can start getting back to normal.”

The repair and restoration of the Grade II listed building will continue, with a smaller amount of protective hoardings and scaffolding.

Councillor Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “The temporary traffic arrangements in Bridge Street were introduced to manage vehicle flow after scaffolding was erected outside the former Angel Hotel building.

“I’m delighted that with the scaffolding being removed, the traffic arrangements in Bridge Street can now return to normal.”