Busy Kettering road to close for essential work

Rothwell Road, Kettering.
Rothwell Road, Kettering.

A busy Kettering road will be closed while essential work is done to repair manhole covers.

Rothwell Road will close between the Northfield Avenue roundabout and Poppy Fields from Monday, October 24.

The work will take place until Friday, October 28, between 7.30am and 6pm, but the road will remain closed for the entire week, day and night.

Access to KGH will remain as usual if travelling from the west via Warren Hill, but access to the hospital from the east will be affected.

Pedestrians will still be able to access the hospital from the east side of the road as normal under the bridge.

A replacement shuttle bus service will run from the nearest bus stop to the hospital.

A spokesman for KGH advised anyone visiting the hospital to allow extra time for their journey.

In the past, manhole covers have lifted during heavy rainfall and fallen into themselves, causing traffic accidents and disruptions for road users and the emergency services.

During the works, manhole covers will be replaced and repaired to prevent this happening in the future.

Regan Harris from Anglian Water said: “We appreciate the work will cause some disruption to local residents, as well as hospital patients and we apologise for that.

“We have three quarters of a million manhole covers to maintain across our region and repairs like this are part of our routine work.

“We will be working with the local bus company, Stagecoach Midlands to organise a replacement shuttle bus so that passengers visiting the hospital will not have to walk from the last bus stop before the road closure to get to the hospital.”

Stagecoach Midlands has been contacted for more information about the shuttle bus.