Work to improve a busy Northampton town centre junction by increasing capacity and adding better pedestrian crossings will start next week.
Northamptonshire County Council will carry out the works at the junction of Billing Road, Spencer Parade, Cheyne Walk and York Road from Monday, 8 January.
The scheme is part of wider works around Northampton town centre to update traffic signals – adding the latest technology so sets of traffic lights can more easily work together to improve traffic flow.
So the work can take place more quickly Billing Road will be closed between the junction and Alexandra Road – with access for emergency vehicles only. The work is scheduled to last for eight weeks.
Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:
“We recognise that carrying out works like this at a busy junction in a busy town centre can be extremely disruptive so the main focus in the planning stage was to establish how these works could be done while reducing the impact on the public.
“This scheme is part of a wider project to upgrade traffic signals at junctions around Northampton.
“The latest technology allows traffic flows to be monitored so signals can adapt and traffic can move as freely as possible. Signals at different junctions can also work together to improve traffic flows.”
With Billing Road closed, two-way temporary traffic signals will be used to control traffic in York Road and Cheyne Walk. Cyclists approaching the junction on Spencer Parade will be required to dismount and use the pedestrian facilities. Access into Spencer Parade will remain unchanged. Using two-way signals instead of three-way will reduce the delay to traffic using this route.
There will be a temporary pedestrian crossing in place for the full duration of the works, to maintain a safe route through the junction for pedestrians.