Traffic

Newton Road Closure

Northamptonshire Highways have advised us of the road closure of part of Newton Road, on which they will carry out carriageway repairs.

The road will be closed from:
just past the Mill Farm entrance to:
the Little Oakley turn-off
for up to 3 days between 8am and 5pm
and will commence on 
Wednesday 2nd July.

A plan is shown (click on it to enlarge) showing the location, and a diversion route.

If more information is required about the repairs, please contact Ben Wright on 01604 883400

Newton Rd closure

Traffic Management of the new A43

Geddington.net is always pleased to get ‘Comments’ about any of its postings – please keep them coming!

However, the new A43/Corby Link Road/Geddington By-pass postings have had more than their fair share of ‘Comments’, in fact we’ve almost had more for the new road postings, than all the other postings put together!

The concern in the ‘Comments’ centred on the amount of traffic still coming through the village, and what can be done to divert it onto the new road.

In our query to Cllr Jim Harker on this subject, he responded with the following:

“The County Council Highways department is looking at a number of options including road signage and road markings, and asking local haulage companies to encourage their drivers to use the link road.”

Comment from the Editor:
For those people expecting to see a massive and instant decrease in traffic, it has been a disappointing time. We can only hope that the options decided upon by the County Council Highways make a difference, and soon.

On a different note, it would be very interesting to see the results of traffic surveys in 3 month’s and 6 month’s time, and compare with them with the A43 Action Group’s survey results from the 1990s.

 

 

Highways & Byways – yet more

Surface Dressing

At the end of April, geddington.net was advised that surface dressing would shortly take place across the county.

Surface dressing, according to Northamptonshire Highways, “is a low-cost annual maintenance programme, where bitumen and chippings provide added protection to the road surface and is used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water.”

The programme has now reached the roads surrounding Geddington. The sign below is situated on the A4300, near the Weekley roundabout, but there are others, so be warned!

 

Surface dressing

 

We’re still open!

We’re still open and ready for business!

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These were the words from Trish and Pat, who run the Post Office and Teashop. Despite the partial closure, businesses and other venues are open and accessible and interested parties should not be put off by the, possibly, ambiguous signage.

Bridge Street signs

Bridge Street signs

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This is the second time in as many months that Queen Street has had to be closed to through traffic. In April, it was a gas main being installed and in May it’s a wall being rebuilt. (For more details on the whys and wherefores of the rebuilding of the wall, see our News post of 5 March – Tree Fellers at it again!)

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It should be made plain that Queen Street is only closed to THROUGH traffic and access to the Post Office, the Teashop, Askew’s Hairdressers, the Chapel, the Recreation Field, the Tennis Club, the Bowls Club, the Cricket ground and the Village Hall, are all accessible by vehicle via West Street and Bridge Street (and if you are a visitor to Geddington), either over the bridge or through the ford to Queen Street.

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Pedestrian access is still available for most residents, as can be seen in this image of a dog walker using the footway past the construction barriers.

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Usable footway

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Supporting framework

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However, given good weather, perhaps the work can be done in under the 10 weeks that’s advertised!

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Geddington By-pass opening – a new view

Geddington By-pass Opening

Yes, we know its official title is the Corby Link Road or, what will now be shown on new maps and satnavs, the A43, but for  ‘us residents’ it started off as the Geddington by-pass.  And we are so looking forward to less traffic, in particular the lack of heavy goods vehicles coming through the village on what is now the A4300.

Last Friday, we posted some pictures of the opening of the new by-pass taken from one of the bridges. At the end of the post we asked if you had any other pictures we could put on the website, particularly of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Well, we’ve managed to go one better than that. We have been very fortunate in being given some most unusual pictures taken, not only from the cavalcade, not only from the leader of the cavalcade, but from someone who was videoing from the sunroof of the leader of the cavalcade, the GVFB’s fire engine, the Queen Eleanor.

Many, many thanks to John Doran and the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade for all of the following images.

Geddington By-pass Open at last!

Northamptonshire Highways

On a cool but sunny day, the new A43 was opened this morning at 12 noon, with a ribbon cutting ceremony  by Mr Robert Goodwill MP.

In a speech by the Leader of the Northampton County Council, Jim Harker said “This was a much needed scheme and I’m delighted to be able to announce that we’re now ready to open it to the public. I see this scheme as essential to unlocking the development in Corby and the surrounding areas.” Following the cutting of the ribbon,  the cavalcade of  vehicles set off from Storefield Cottages Roundabout travelling north to the Stanion Roundabout, where they turned round and came back again, giving those of us on the two bridges a splendid view.

It's unlikely that you'll ever see this road so empty ever again!

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see this road so empty ever again!

A new view of the viaduct

A new view of the viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with many Geddington residents, Anglia TV News and the Evening Telegraph were also there to record the event, the Anglia photographer being particularly inventive with his viewing point.

The cavalcade included a Formula 1 car, a Formula E car, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari, a police car, ambulance and at least six coaches full of schoolchildren – what an adventure for them! – plus many others: the whole being lead by the GVFB Fire engine, the Queen Eleanor.

 

If you’ve clicked on any of the last 8 images and only got a small picture come up, click on it again to get a full size picture. To return to this post,  click on the ‘back’ arrow.

(Our reporter/photographer could only be in one place and chose one of the bridges. If you have images of the ribbon cutting ceremony, please email them to editor@geddington.net)

Ribbon cutting

Photo courtesy of Andrew Carter

 

Geddington Ford Closure

Northamptonshire Highways

have announced the following:

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The reason for the closure is to install an anti-flood defence in the form of a hump in the approach to the ford, which is designed to prevent water creeping up and flooding the gardens and houses of Bridge Street. The sets will be replaced and the tarmac will be renewed both sides of the ford.

Ford closure

Surface Dressing on Roads

‘Working to ensure road surfaces last longer.’

Northamptonshire Highways have advised that it is now the season for surface dressing of roads.  This is undertaken as part of their on-going, low-cost annual maintenance programme.

Communications Manager, Ms Miller comments: “Our surface dressing season runs from early April to the end of May and is very specific, due to road temperatures, as it cannot be carried out in cold or wet weather.  Bitumen and chippings provide added protection to the road surface and are used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water.”

Advance notice will be given where and when the resurfacing will be done, but Highways also asks that people assist them by moving vehicles before work is started, as this will prevent them from being damaged and help to complete the job.

Whilst the streets of Geddington seldom have this work done, surrounding roads leading into the village do, so the usual 20mph speed, and special care, is needed when travelling over them.

Further information can be obtained from:
Communications Manager, Northamptonshire Highways
Brioxworth Depot, Harborough Road, Northampton NN6 9BX
www.mgwsp.co.uk

 

Geddington By-pass Opening

Geddington By-pass Opening 23rd May 2014

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County Councillor Jim Harker reports: 

“I am very pleased indeed to say that, at last, the Geddington By-pass (otherwise known as the “Corby Link Road”) will be opened by the Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill, at 12noon on Friday 23rd May 2014.

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The ceremony will take place at the Barford Bridge end of the bypass and all are welcome to attend.

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Arrangements are being made to transport Geddington school children to the site where they will assist with the ribbon cutting and receive a memento of the occasion.”

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After the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a cavalcade of vehicles, consisting of:

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            Bluebird Formula E car

            Silverstone F1 racing car

            Silverstone Aston Martin and Ferrari

            BMW Corby Electric car

            Renault Corby Electric car

            Motorbikes

            Police car

            Ambulance

            Fire engine

            Gritter

            Double-decker buses for children

 Also joining the cavalcade are articulated lorries from:

RS Components

            Weetabix

            Knights of Old

            Wyvern Cargo

            Carlsberg

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Councillor Harker added, “And, of course, our very own Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s fire engine ‘The Queen Eleanor‘, will be driven along the route of the new road.

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The Queen Eleanor Fire Engine

The Queen Eleanor Fire Engine

This is a great day for Geddington.  The impact from traffic going through the village will be hugely reduced, especially as nearly all of the heavy goods vehicles will be removed. It is the culmination of a fight that has been waged for over forty years and is a great credit to everyone who has taken part in the campaign over these years.  Hooray!!”

The New A43

The Geddington Bypass
The Corby Link Road
The New A43

Whatever you know it by, this road is nearing completion.  It seems a long time since this road was first mooted and it has been – decades. A potted history is set out below, but first some images of what we shall be seeing:

The view from the Great Oakley bridge looking towards Kettering

The view from the Great Oakley bridge looking towards Kettering

 

 

View from Great Oakley Bridge looking north, the Railway Cottages can be seen in the far left

View from Great Oakley Bridge looking north, the Railway Cottages can be seen in the far left

 

 

 

 

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The road leading to the Great Oakley bridge, with the ‘Keith is 60’ railway bridge just visible over the brow of the bridge

 

The view of the Great Oakley road from the other side of the Railway bridge

The view of the Great Oakley road from the other side of the Railway bridge

 

 

 

 

 

The view from the Little Oakley bridge, the Great Oakley bridge in the distance

The view from the Little Oakley bridge, the Great Oakley bridge in the distance

 

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View from the Little Oakley Bridge, looking north

 

 

 

 

 

The new view of the viaduct.

The new view of the viaduct.

 

And finally, one of the new signs, this one taken from north of Weekley, showing the new road name - the A43 through Geddington is now the A4300.

And finally, one of the new signs, this one taken from north of Weekley, showing the new road name – the A43 through Geddington is now the A4300.

 

 

 

 

All these images were taken on Sunday 13th April 2014.

The Opening Ceremony will be performed by Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Department for Transport, on Friday 23rd May at 12noon

Further details on the opening will follow shortly.

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