Road plan to ease Kettering congestion

Changes are planned for Eskdaill Street
Changes are planned for Eskdaill Street

Kettering Council has unveiled the latest stage of its plans to improve and upgrade transport links.

They include scrapping part of Kettering’s one-way system in order to minimise the amount of traffic taking shortcuts through residential streets.

Kettering, like local authorities across the country, has targets imposed by central government for the number of new homes it must build.

And Cllr Michael Brown said projects including the construction of a new junction on the A14 – Junction 10A – to coincide with the building of the Kettering East development would help ensure the borough could cope with its rapid population growth.

There are also new plans to make Eskdaill Street two ways and allow traffic to travel along Newland Street.

Plans for a new road linking the villages of Weekley and Warkton have also been mooted.

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Cllr Brown, a cabinet member in the Conservative administration, said: “We are trying to manage growth responsibly. We want to make sure the infrastructure is in place to be able to deal with the growth.

“The infrastructure will have long-term economic benefits for the borough.”

Cllr Brown said athose who would benefit from the town centre works, which are likely to come with a £2m price tag, were residents of Regent Street and Wellington Streets.

He added: “Kettering is notoriously a very difficult town to get around at times.

“We are working alongside the county council to allow Eskdaill Street to be two-way again. So if you are going along Montagu Street and want to go to Rockingham Road you can take a right without going through a housing estate.

“I want to see it happen in the next year or two but we have to wait for the finalised plans to come through.”

Another planned improvement is at the junction of Northampton Road and Sheep Street near the library. Cllr Brown hopes that work will start before Christmas.

He added: “There is a big plan going on to improve the local economy and improve housing in the area to cope with the population increase.

“This is our vision for what should be happening.”