Kettering one-way system could be axed

Motorists could soon see Kettering's one-way system scrapped in a bid to keep traffic moving when thousands of homes are built in the town.

One-way roads would be changed so traffic is able to travel in both directions, according to the transport plan being developed.

Montagu Street, Eskdaill Street, Victoria Street and Queen Street would all become two-way under the plan put forward by council officers.

It would also see a bus lane introduced in Station Road and improvements to the Rothwell Road/Northfield Avenue roundabout to make it bigger.

Last year, Northamptonshire County Council put together a Transport Strategy for Growth for Kettering that proposed extending the one-way system to include Northfield Avenue and Bowling Green Road, but Kettering Council has come up with an alternative proposal dropping the one-way system.

Other options being considered by officers were ones which included a 'do minimum' approach – which would see no changes made to the roads but improvements made instead to things such as traffic lights.

Another option included closing Rockingham Road to southbound traffic.

The five options were analysed using criteria including junction capacity and accident rates, and the option which came out best was the one which included fewer one-way streets.

A spokesman for Kettering Council said: "The council has worked with Northamptonshire County Council and its consultants and now it's about doing some number crunching to prove it works before anything goes ahead."

Kettering Council officers have recommended that councillors approve the plans at a planning policy committee on Wednesday.

Other changes that have already come into force include the Kettering Intelligent Transport System, which has seen about 1m invested in traffic signals which give buses priority through the town and CCTV cameras at key junctions so traffic lights can be changed manually by controllers.