Traffic queues at University of Northampton campus four times longer when houses are built

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Some traffic queues at a University of Northampton campus will be more than four times longer once a housing estate is built in its place, a traffic survey has suggested.

The audit was carried out as part of the application to build 800 homes on the Park Campus site, in Kingsthorpe.

Experts predict that by 2026, morning rush-hour queues in the southern section of Boughton Green Road will rise from about 10 to about 16 vehicles. And in the evening rush hour, “the worst queue increases from nine to 39 vehicles”.

However, because the overall effect of replacing a busy campus with houses is predicted to be a decrease in traffic – and shorter queues at the northern Boughton Green Road access – experts still recommended the scheme, which is set to begin in 2019, claiming it will not be bad for the area. It also recommended a T-junction be installed.

The report said: “This would address residents’ concerns on Boughton Green Road delays. It would reduce current delays by through-traffic, as the existing mini-roundabout proposal gives priority to traffic leaving the site and right turners into it.”

The predicted traffic increase at the southern Boughton Green Road junction is due to the current split between the site exits being 58 per cent / 42 per cent, where as the housing estate would see nearer a 50:50 split. New pavements and cycle paths will be linked to the surrounding area to help encourage motorists to use their vehicles less.