Queen Street closure in May has been advised that the National Grid will be installing a new gas main in Queen Street, Geddington.

The work will take up to four days and starts on:
Monday 12th May.

During the works, the National Grid advises that it will not be possible to maintain through traffic and therefore the road will be CLOSED from
No. 40 Queen Street, all the way down to the Post Office.

The accompanying map (click on it to get full size) shows the detail and, as usual, the red line is the road to be closed and the blue lines, the diversions.

Please note that vehicular access to the Post Office & Teashop, the Chapel, the Village Hall and Askew’s Hairdressing can only be made from the north, via Bridge Street and the old bridge and ford. At this stage, has been told that access by foot should not be a problem.

If you require further information about the works, please contact Bulbul Uddin on 01724 848246.

Queen Street closure

The Regulations Senior Officer
Northamptonshire County Council
Highways, Transport & Infrastructure
Riverside House
Bedford Road
Northampton NN1 5NX


Postscript to the new road closures

AN  UPDATE has just been advised that:

“Work on the completion of the new road bridge and the re-alignment of the existing Little Oakley to Great Oakley road will take 2 days longer than expected.

As such the road between Great Oakley and Little Oakley won’t be fully open until the early hours of Sunday, 16th March 2014 and not early on Friday as first stated.”

This will mean that:

“The unclassified road between Newton Road and Mill Hill, Great Oakley will now be closed on the morning of Sunday 16th March 2014.”

The knock-on effect means that:

“The section of Newton Road between the Newton T Junction and A6003 Barford Bridge roundabout will subsequently be closed on Friday 28th March 2014 and will be fully re-opened on Saturday 12th April 2014.”


More Road Closures

This may not be as bad as it seems, only your travel itinerary can tell.

The constructors, Interserve Constructors Ltd, have alerted us to the following information.

“As part of the continuing works on the A43 Corby Link Road, it will be necessary to close two local unclassified roads to complete essential works.

The following closures will take place, starting tomorrow,
Friday 14th March and will be completed by Saturday 12th April.

Phase 1 – On the morning of Friday 14th March 2014, the unclassified road between Newton Road and Mill Hill, Great Oakley will be closed to allow the completion of the new road bridge and side roads. It is anticipated that this road will be fully re-opened on the morning of Friday 28th March 2014.

Local Traffic (excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles)

o         Traffic from Newton and Geddington will be diverted westbound on Newton Road to the new Barford Bridge roundabout, onto the A6003 northbound to Corby and Great Oakley.

o         Traffic from Great Oakley will be diverted down the A6003 southbound to the new Barford Bridge roundabout, use the 2nd exit towards Newton and Geddington.


Phase 2 – On the morning of Friday 28th March 2014, Newton Road between the Newton T junction and the A6003 Barford Bridge roundabout will be closed to allow the road to be repaired. It is anticipated that this road will be fully re-opened on Saturday 12th April 2014.


Local Traffic (excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles)

·        Traffic from Newton and Geddington will be diverted towards Great Oakley and the A6003 Oakley Hay roundabout.”

Traffic management strategy makes Geddington a safer village

It may have taken 18 months, hours of discussion, many meetings and individual and organisational commitment, but we are now at the point where
the final piece of the traffic management strategy is being put in place – our illuminated signs at the points of entry from the A43, will be operational from the end of the month.20 + 7

Those of you involved from the beginning will remember the high levels of concern amongst residents about safety in the village because of the speed and weight of many vehicles travelling down our  streets.  Parked cars were being damaged by oversize vehicles, roads and sewers were giving way under the repeated weight of traffic; much to the concern of English Heritage, the Cross became vulnerable to the continual vibration from traffic and there were several near misses where vehicles mounted the pavements without thought for the pedestrians walking there.  Nobody wanted speed bumps or the loss of parking near homes, but nor did we want to feel that it was not safe for our children to walk to school.

Through questionnaires and consultation across many residents’ groups, it became clear that the issues needed to be tackled across the village as a whole. Residents, the Parish Council, the Borough Council, the County Council, Boughton Estates, Northamptonshire police and Geddington school all contributed to the debate as we looked at ways to improve safety within a realistic budget. Thank you to all of you who gave your time, your ideas or your expertise, as we searched for a solution.

The result was a ‘limited’ area where speed bumps would not be used as a traffic calming measure.

However there  would be:

  • new controls to ensure a reduction in overweight vehicles using West Street, Grafton Road and Queen Street.
  • improved lining as a safety measure for the narrowest part of West Street, the area around the school and at the junction of Grange Road.
  • a 20mph speed limit, given the consensus  that reduced speeds around the village would minimise the risk of fatal accidents for pedestrians.

As discussions got underway it was clear  there needed to be compromises or adaptations to plans to avoid unnecessary costs.  However our new illuminated, combined speed and weight restriction signs mean a reduction in street furniture and a very effective reminder of the need for care on our narrow streets, particularly where footpaths too are narrow or non-existant.  By being prepared to see  the bigger picture, we have succeeded in implementing a strategy to improve conditions for all of us, wherever we live in the village.

Support for the changes has been overwhelming. On behalf of the residents who raised the issue initially, thank you to our councillors, the police, the bus companies, the parents, the headteacher and school pupils (especially class 6 who posted a 20 sign in their window), the Boughton Estates team, the brewery drivers,the post office, those of you who felt strongly enough to display interim ’20’ signs and, most of all, thank you to those of you who daily drive with care through the village.


really is plenty and will help us keep people and places safe for the future. Thank you all.

Janet Jones

Speeding towards 20mph – still !

According to our posting on 7th December, we were expecting to see the 20mph and weight limit signs up in the village by the end of that week.  However, they didn’t appear perhaps because of an unexplicable or unexplainable delay.

But the good news is that according to Matthew Barrett of the Northampton County Council’s Highways Department: ” The signs will be put up either on the 8th January or by the end of the week.” He added that: “The switching on of the lighting will take place either on 20th January or the 28th January.”

We await the outcome.20mph


Geddington speeds towards 20mph – well almost!

The signs are looking good (please excuse the pun!), but early on the morning of  Saturday 7 December, the poles for the 20mph sign were erected at the entrances to the village.

At the moment, only the poles can be seen, but later this week, when the electricity is connected to the poles, the illuminated signs will also be erected.

Stephen & David

Stephen & David from Balfour Beatty

In the image (left) taken at the end of West Street, the ‘GIVE WAY’ sign will be taken away and the permanent sign will be put in place, showing not only the speed limit, but the weight limit as well.

The work sheet (image right) shows not only the sign as you enter the village, Signsbut the reverse of it as you leave the village, ie the 30mph etc.


The 20mph speed limit will affect all of the village east of the A43.

More on this story later this week.

Community Speed Watch

Motorists who speed through residential neighbourhoods are often unaware of the impact their actions have on other road users or the dangers they pose.  Speed checks show that drivers exceeding the speed limit are often local to the village or surrounding area.  For this reason, the Parish Council invited the Police along to the recent Parish Council meeting to explain how Community Speed Watch works.

Community Speed Watch is an initiative that uses the combined efforts of local residents, Police County Council and ACRE.  The Parish Council would like to change people’s attitudes towards speeding in order to create a safer environment. Read more →

Another Road Closure – A509 Pytchley Road, Kettering

Do you shop at Tesco’s?

Do you go to the Odeon Cinema?

Do you want to visit any of the shops, offices and businesses in Pytchley Lodge Road, Kettering Retail Park or Kettering Venture Park?

Do you get there by way of the Pytchley Road?

If so, then you might want to read on . . .

The Railway Bridge on the A509, Pytchley Road, Kettering, which leads to all these places is undergoing reconstruction.

In fact, the bridge is to be brought down at 12 noon on Christmas Day!

Read more →

A6003 Update

The traffic correspondent of reports that the NORTHBOUND carriageway of the A6003 from Kettering to Corby is OPEN, allbeit with the 40mph speed limit still in place.

However, contrary to the information received yesterday, the SOUTHBOUND carriageway is still CLOSED – as of 10.30am this morning, Saturday 16 November.

Unfortunately for Geddington, the advice for southbound traffic travelling from the Corby direction to Kettering, is to use the diversions, via the A43, through this village.

A6003 Opening Delay has been advised of a slight delay in the opening of the Southbound carriageway of the A6003.


Vanessa Adu, from Interserve Construction Ltd, reports:




Work on the resurfacing of the southbound carriageway of the A6003 will take a day longer than expected, due to an offsite safety incident beyond our control.


As such the southbound carriageway will re-open in the early hours of Sunday, November 17 and not early on Saturday as first stated.




SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE from Oakley Hay Roundabout to the North Kettering Business Area junction. 


Local traffic

Access will be maintained at all times, to residents/business within the closure.


Traffic heading south

Vehicles that would normally travel south down the A6003 between Corby and Kettering should use the A6014 (Oakley Road) towards Corby, the A427 towards Weldon, and the A43 southbound (Stamford Road) through  Geddington and back on to the A6003 at Kettering.


The northbound carriageway of the A6003 will be open during this phase to allow access from the A14 and Kettering to Corby.

We apologise for any convenience caused.



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