Fears over ‘dangerous’ one-way plan for Thrapston

An online petition is calling on highways bosses to re-think a plan to implement a one-way system which it says will cause a danger to pupils.

Northamptonshire County Council is asking for views on the scheme which has been developed after supermarket giant Sainsbury’s was given planning permission to open a store in the town last year.

The changes would see Market Street become a one-way road.

However, concerned residents have created an online petition, saying that the changes will make roads near King John School more dangerous for youngsters.

Resident Richard Swindall said he was also concerned.

Mr Swindall was part of a group called Save Thrapston, which opposed Sainsbury’s plans last year.

He said: “Accesses to the High Street from Chancery Lane and Oundle Road will be dramatically aggravated, again causing potential backups.

“And it seems inevitable that the traffic lights at the Oundle Road junction will have to be rephased to take account of the increased traffic flow from Midland to Huntingdon Road and the reverse, again causing backups.

“It can be seen therefore that people leaving Sainsbury’s will impact on many other parts of the town.

“We are therefore, as a group, very concerned that as this potential major problem has not been highlighted by the county council’s brief proposed traffic order that the vast number of Thrapston’s people will be unaware of the major problems with traffic flow.”

Residents have until Saturday, August 24, to respond to the plans.

Responses must be made in writing to the Traffic Orders Team Leader, Northamptonshire Highways, Riverside House, Northampton NN1 5NX.

An online petition has also been created which can be found by following the relevant links on the county council website epetition.northants.public-i.tv.