Description of scheme
Cliftonville Road, Alfred Street and St Edmund Street together provide an important north-south link between the main east-west Bedford Road and Wellingborough Road corridors to the east of Northampton town centre. Cliftonville Road is also one of the main accesses to and from Northampton General Hospital.
At peak times the corridor experiences congestion and traffic regularly queues back from Cliftonville Road along Bedford Road as far as the Barnes Meadow Interchange.
The Northampton Central Area Action Plan and the Northampton Town Transport Strategy both outline a strategy to reduce traffic and improve air quality on the inner ring, particularly on roads like Cheyne Walk and York Road.
The proposed scheme will slightly widen Cliftonville Road from Bedford Road to the south entrance of Northampton General Hospital to create three lanes of traffic, two northbound and one southbound. The Cliftonville Road / Billing Road / Alfred Street and St Edmund Street / Wellingborough Road junctions will also be upgraded.
Benefits of the scheme
The scheme will reduce traffic congestion and the volume of traffic on the inner ring road, enhance air quality and make it easier to access Northampton General Hospital.
Public consultation ran from 1 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.
Two public consultation events were held on 7 August 2019 and 15 August 2019, where the consultation boards were available to view and the team answered questions.
View the consultation boards with details of the scheme and further information:
The feedback we received is summarised in the consultation report:
Phase 1 - Wellingborough Road and St Edmund's Street
In general, there was support for this element of the scheme and the design remains unchanged from what was consulted on.
Work commenced on Monday 4 November 2019 and was completed on Saturday 25 January 2020.
Phase 2 - Bedford Road and Cliftonville
During public consultation we received a number of comments relating to users of the northern section of Cliftonville Road around the junction with Cliftonville and The Avenue.
We want to ensure that Phase 2 meets the needs of all users, whilst complementing the benefits achieved through Phase 1 of the scheme. For this reason, we have been reviewing the scheme and work should take place later in 2021.
Phase 3 - Billing Road junction
There were a number of concerns raised during public consultation regarding this element of the scheme. Therefore, the works required at the Billing Road junction will be considered in the future, once Phase 1 and Phase 2 have been built.
Scheme cost and how it will be funded
We have been successful in securing £1.814m of government funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund. This will be supported by £0.777m of additional local match funding.