‘Unsafe’ crossing to be monitored after Kettering councillors call for investigation

The 'unsafe' junction.
The 'unsafe' junction.

Usage patterns on an ‘unsafe’ crossing will be monitored after Kettering Council unanimously backed a motion asking the highways authority to investigate it.

Concerns had been raised by Labour councillors about the new road layout at the top of Northampton Road after work was completed earlier this year.

Cllr Clark Mitchell had proposed that Northants County Council investigated the possibility of installing a pedestrian refuge or extending the barriers.

And at a full council meeting last week the motion was backed by all Kettering councillors.

Cllr Mitchell said: “We first heard about the work at a town forum and we left that meeting thinking that they might listen to us.

“When the workmen first started on the road they put the temporary lights in the current position and about two weeks in they moved them.

“This can only have been because they saw how people were crossing the junction.

“In terms of making traffic calmer the road is a success but car drivers are not the only people who use the road.

“This motion is about protecting the residents of the town and that is what we are here to do.”

The motion received cross-party support, with leader Russell Roberts saying he thought all crossings should be looked at.

He said: “I am very grateful to Clark Mitchell for bringing this motion and I am in support of it.

“I feel we should look at the crossings in Kettering in general.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said a further road safety audit will take place 12 months after the crossing opened.

The spokesman said: “We welcome all feedback about our new highways schemes.

“When major road projects finish, they are monitored to make sure they are functioning correctly and that the plans have translated into a ‘real world’ setting.

“Usage patterns will be monitored during the autumn, which allows us to understand issues as nights get darker, and we will conduct a further road safety audit 12 months after opening.”