Middlemore bus link widening scheme set to start

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Work to widen the busway on Daventry’s Middlemore estate to create a general purpose road is due to get underway this month.

The work, which is being carried out by Kelbec on behalf of Daventry District Council (DDC), starts on Monday 14 September and is expected to take about eight weeks to complete. 

The road will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the works, with the exception of construction vehicles and emergency services. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.

DDC provided the main roads on Middlemore and is carrying out completion works so that they can be adopted by Northamptonshire County Council, which is the local highway authority.

The busway linking Middlemore to the Heartlands Business Park is narrow because it was originally designed for buses and construction vehicles only.

However many motorists use the route for general access in and out of the estate, and DDC has been supporting calls by residents to widen and convert it into a general purpose road.

Planning permission for the work was secured in May this year.

Councillor David James, Daventry District Council's Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder and a ward councillor for Middlemore, said: “Despite the original intention of the busway to promote the use of public transport, it’s clear that a housing estate of this size requires two entries and exits, and we have been pleased to support calls to convert this road.

“Unfortunately there will be some unavoidable disruption while the work is carried out, but I’m sure residents will agree it will be worth it for the improvement this will make to access in and out of Middlemore.”