Northampton bus lanes begin working 24 hours at the moment to encourage ‘energetic journey’


It’s hoped the funding will enable extra individuals to cease utilizing public transport and journey to into Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering in safer circumstances.

Weedon Highway bus lanes will function 24-hours-a-day from at the moment (Monday) to encourage energetic journey in Northampton, the county council has confirmed.

It comes because the native authority has introduced the newest in its collection of energetic journey schemes, following funding of £351ok by the Authorities from the Energetic Journey Emergency Fund.

As a part of the newest developments, bus lanes alongside Weedon Highway and St James Highway in Northampton, which presently solely function throughout the morning peak, shall be prolonged to function 24 hours per day.

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The council has mentioned this variation will ‘serve to learn’ pedestrians, cyclists and taxis who’re permitted to make use of the bus lane.

Councillor Jason Smithers, county council cupboard member for Highways and Place, mentioned: “Relating to placing an efficient journey scheme in place, there are a lot of elements that we’re having to think about – such because the width of roads, the affect on cyclists and pedestrians, and whether or not the schemes will trigger any points for native companies and different stakeholders.

“With this in thoughts, I’m delighted that we’ve been capable of progress these fast win proposals so promptly and successfully, as they’ll make an enormous distinction to people who find themselves making their journeys on foot or by bike.”

Work can even start on Wednesday, August 5 to widen the footways on Cambridge Road and Silver Road in Wellingborough, to allow social distancing.

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On-street parking bays shall be suspended so that individuals can stroll the place autos are usually parked.

Ramps can even be supplied to assist individuals cross the kerbs, and limitations shall be put in to guard them from the transferring visitors.

The works shall be reviewed frequently to make sure their effectiveness and modifications shall be made if thought-about vital.

The newest plans observe the introduction of the very first scheme on Montagu Road in Kettering, again in June, and different choices nonetheless being actively thought-about at current embrace a digital cycle counter and cycle parking in Northampton with new cycle lanes.


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