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Traffic delays in Northampton could hinder drivers

By: Ashley Curtis
21 June 2011

Northampton drivers, as well as those travelling through the area due to logistics work, may want to plan alternative routes due to roadworks at two of the town's traffic blackspots.

The Cock Hotel Junction in Kingsthorpe is one of the town's main routes for heading to and from the A508 and A5199 - and happens to be one of the areas for roadworks.  Wellingborough Road is the second site for works; both areas are likely to hinder commuters.

The works are likely to last until the end of September, according to a spokeswoman from the National Grid.

She tells the Northampton Chronicle: "The National Grid is doing work to replace 500 metres of old metal gas main with plastic pipes.

We are mindful it may cause disruption but these works are essential to ensure the future of the gas mains," she added.

The works, which mimic the replacement of cast-iron pipes with plastic pipes in Shepherd's Bush, London according to Fulham Chronicle, are taking place in the summer months so workers can avoid the poor weather found at the chilly end of the year.

A spokesman from Northampton County Council explained the decision: "By starting the works now, it is intended that they will be completed by the start of the December embargo on works permitted on traffic-sensitive highways. Construction can also take place over the lighter, drier summer months rather than the unfavourable dark and wet winter months."

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