Kettering footpath to re-open soon after months of frustration

The work on the bridge.
The work on the bridge.

A footpath linking a Kettering estate to the town centre which has been closed for a number of weeks will re-open again later this month.

The path, which links Bowhill to Northfield Avenue, has been closed since February for repairs to the railway bridge.

Paul Cooke, who lives to the west of the bridge in the area he calls ‘the Lake District’, says it has caused a big inconvenience to those who walk into town.

“For six or seven weeks I didn’t see a minute of work done.

“It caused a lot of problems to those who want to get into town.

“It’s been really frustrating.

“[The extra distance to walk] is OK when it’s nice and sunny but when it’s freezing cold it’s pretty horrible, especially if you’re elderly.

Mr Cooke, an avid Poppies fan, says the diversion of walking along Bowhill and then down Northampton Road could increase journey times by up to half an hour for some.

A Network Rail spokesman apologised that the closure had lasted longer than planned, but that the footpath should be open by May 23.

The spokesman said: “This footpath is closed to carry out repairs to Gas Street Bridge.

“It is due to re-open upon completion of our work on May 23.

“The road closure is required to keep members of the public and our own teams safe while the work is completed.

“We are aware of the disruption caused by road closures and work to keep the duration of such closures to a minimum, and apologise that the closure has lasted longer than planned.”