Speed limit to be cut on Barton Road

The speed limit on Barton Road, Barton Seagrave, could become 30mph
The speed limit on Barton Road, Barton Seagrave, could become 30mph

The county council has published plans to reduce the speed limit on a busy stretch of road.

A 1km section of Barton Road, which connects Kettering and Barton Seagrave, is set to have its current 40mph limit revoked, turning it into a 30mph stretch.

It is part of a plan to prepare the highways for a 450-home development off Polwell Lane in Barton Seagrave.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “A toucan crossing [for pedestrians and cyclists] is being established in Barton Road which would be used by residents from the new estate.

“The existing toucan will be removed. In order to facilitate the new crossing, the speed limit is being reduced to 30mph requiring the revocation of the existing 40mph limit in Barton Road.

“Other measures are also being introduced in Barton Road to encourage traffic to slow down such as traffic islands which narrow carriageway lanes.”

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone said: “I welcome plans to cut the maximum speed on Barton Road from 40mph to 30mph.

“Anything which makes this busy road safer for schoolchildren, other pedestrians as well as motorists has to be a good thing.”

But he added: “The main problem on Barton Road is the complicated junction with Windmill Avenue, which regularly gets clogged up at either end of the school day and also when Wicksteed Park is busy, either on a sunny Saturday or on Sunday mornings with the car boot sales.

“The county council needs to take urgent action to redesign this junction so that traffic flows freely at all times of the day.

“This will be even more important once large numbers of new houses start to be built in the Kettering East development.”

councils will work together

The proposals form part of a plan to prepare the highways for the building of hundreds of new homes between Polwell Lane and Wicksteed Park.

Plans were first submitted by Redrow Homes for the development on the 54-acre site in 2008.

Northamptonshire County Council says it will work with Kettering Council and the developers in terms of bringing in the road improvements.