Work to re-open Northampton’s Abington Street to traffic will begin in New Year

Abington Street.
Abington Street.
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Work will begin in the New Year to re-open a stretch of Abington Street to traffic in a bid to increase shoppers in the area.

Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council plan to re-open the section between St Giles Terrace and Wellington Street to traffic to increase visitor numbers to that part of the town centre.

The road will reopen for one-way traffic, travelling in the direction of Wellington Street, and the new layout will include some parking and loading and dropping off bays.

Councillor David Mackintosh, the leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We said we would reopen Abington Street to traffic in our manifesto in 2011 and now we are ready to move forward with those plans to boost the number of people visiting that stretch of Abington Street.

“We want to bring this area to life, while still ensuring that it is pedestrian friendly by improving the environment with more trees and new paving. This is just one of the measures we are taking with our partners to boost the town centre as part of our Northampton Alive programme of regeneration. Now we need to hear if there are any issues for people before we start work.”

The borough council is now writing to businesses in the town centre to tell them about the move and there will also be a chance for people to see drawings of the new street layout in the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall.

Councillor Jim Harker, the leader of Northamptonshire County Council said: “We are committed to working with our partners to bring improvements to Northampton town centre and the re-opening of Abington Street to traffic is latest component in a far-reaching plan to bring increased economic growth.

“Already we are seeing great progress being made in regenerating the town with a number of exciting projects coming forward over the next few months.”