22 September 2021 | Innovation | BY: West Northamptonshire Council

Cliftonville Road, Northamptonshire improvement scheme set to start

Work to improve traffic flows at a key junction in Northampton is due to get underway this week.

Northamptonshire Highways started a three-month programme of improvement works on the junction of Cliftonville Road and Bedford Road on Monday 20th September.

The work will see the carriageway widened on the approach to Bedford Road, creating an additional lane.

The flow of northbound traffic will be improved with the creation of two lanes up to the junction of The Nurseries. This will include a dedicated left lane to Northampton General Hospital, while lane two will be for all other traffic and the hospital’s A&E department.

Southbound, the left turn onto Bedford Road will be improved by providing additional road space via land secured as part of the St Andrew’s Healthcare development.

Motorists traveling along the Bedford Road into Northampton will now only have to stop for crossing pedestrians, removing the delays currently experienced from queuing vehicles turning into Cliftonville Road.

Traffic signals will be upgraded and the carriageway resurfaced, while drainage gullies will also be cleaned in the works area.

During the works Cliftonville Road will be closed to traffic southbound towards Bedford Road, with two-way signals in place along Bedford Road. A fully signed diversion route will be in place during the work, while the speed limit along Bedford Road will be temporarily reduced to 30mph.

During the carriageway resurfacing, at the end of the scheme, there will be a full overnight road closure in operation on Cliftonville Road during the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Access arrangements for the University of Northampton’s Development Hub, St Andrew’s Healthcare, and local businesses have been put in place, as have alternative routes for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users.

The improvement project is expected to be completed by Christmas 2021, though this could be affected by adverse weather.

Cllr Phil Larratt, Portfolio Holder for Climate, Transport, Highways, and Waste Services on West Northamptonshire Council commented:

“This legacy scheme from Northamptonshire County Council will reduce congestion and the volume of traffic on the inner ring road, enhance air quality and make it easier to access Northampton General Hospital.

While everything has been done to try to minimise disruption, we realise the works will cause a temporary inconvenience. I would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding while Northamptonshire Highways complete this project”.

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