Bollards to be installed in Kettering town centre in early 2015

An artist's impression of how Kettering town centre could look after the forthcoming regeneration project (image is looking up Gold Street from High Street)

An artist's impression of how Kettering town centre could look after the forthcoming regeneration project (image is looking up Gold Street from High Street)

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New bollards which will prevent vehicle access into Kettering town centre are to be installed in the early part of next year.

The rising bollards will be placed in High Street, Lower Street, Meadow Road and Gold Street and will be what Kettering Council calls an ‘essential element’ of making the shopping areas a completely pedestrianised area.

The £250,000 scheme was announced earlier this year, and some of the finer details have now been confirmed at a council executive committee meeting.

The council says the bollards will not prevent delivery vehicles, but these will be restricted to arrivals between 5pm and 9am on Sunday to Thursday and between 5pm and 8am on Friday and Saturday.

A new traffic regulation order is being sought for the town centre, which will limit loading vehicles to 20mph, create blue badge parking areas in Meadow Road, Lower Street and Gold Street and prohibit cycling within the shopping area.

New bike racks are also to be included at the gateway locations.

Speaking at last week’s meeting, regeneration manager Alex Jelley said: “The main aim of the scheme is to create a safe and welcoming environment in the town centre.

“The bollards will be installed in the first quarter of 2015.

“Between then and now we are doing a great deal of work on the traffic regulation order to get that finalised.”

Kettering Council is planning a number of improvements to the town centre, of which the pedestrianisation is the next phase.

Several artist’s impressions of how the town centre could look once the Public Realm project is completed have been released.

Mr Jelley stressed that the designs in the images have not yet been finalised.