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Yet another set of temporary lights

Reported in the Potholes / Highway Condition category anonymously at 12:35, Wednesday 21 August 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 6 minutes later. ref: 1739735.

I am writing to complain in the strongest terms at the extent of the road works taking place along Barton Road in Kettering. I live on the estate in Fitzwilliam Drive and the situation has become intolerable. I also work at the council in the planning department and have previously worked on the delivery of the East Kettering site known as Hanwood Park, so I am fully aware of the need for this housing and the extent to which the developers have messed everybody around with their constant whining about how poor they are have no money. Local residents including myself have had to tolerate the work going on because the developers outline planning consent is due to expire next March so we have reached this appalling situation which entails rushing through the development of Access E and Access F at the same time. Having all the accesses worked on simultaneously in this way was something, that when I worked on the project, we were trying to avoid because of the road chaos this would clearly cause. In addition to these two major accesses being worked on, the crossing along Cranford road is also being done, which has involved the very lengthy closure of this route - which could have provided an alternative route for traffic - being made unavailable for months. If this was not enough the little ‘g’ junction of Cranford Road and Barton Road is now also being worked on. Unfortunately my patience with all this chaos has just expired and hence my complaint. The icing on the cake this weekend has been the further installation of yet more temporary lights on the eastern side of Barton Road just past the Woodland Ave/Barton Road lights and pedestrian crossing as you head towards Junction 10 of the A14. This is due to a large hole the developers have dug and left in the road, requiring single lane closure to move traffic around it. How much longer do we have to put up with this? Frankly White Mountain who are undertaking these works, are moving at a glacial pace which thrills me no end. They seem to have very few actual workers allocated on the site, presumably because as per usual the company ‘Hanwood Park’ won’t pay for it! Recently NCC Highways made Anglian Water and other utilities cover over and open up the same stretch of Barton road three times to undertake a piece of work that the utility providers could have and wanted to collaborate on to lessen disruption, this was because of the strict rules NCC operate under in regard to road booking space. So why have the same considerations not been applied to the extensive works to facilitate the East Kettering/Hanwood Park housing development? Why should local residents have to endure such chaos because developers have left everything to the last minute and expect everyone else to dance to their tune because we have to have housing at any cost. I personally seriously doubt that any of this will see them deliver housing quickly, if at all. What ever deadlines for completion Hanwood Park have given Highways, they are highly unlikely to be met, as their past record for ‘delivery’ demonstrates. These people couldn’t deliver a letter yet alone a parcel of land for housing or the infrastructure to facilitate it! If NCC Highways are not aware of the latest temporary lights along Barton Road, then perhaps this could be investigated? I would also point out that the road past Weetabix from Burton Latimer – another local route that traffic could have utilised as an alternative – has also been closed simultaneously because of the work to the train line – which of course they are able to do anytime they want to without informing or working with other agencies because of the Jurassic legislation we have in this country! I await your response Regards

Ruth James

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 12:40, Wednesday 21 August 2019

  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 13:15, Wednesday 21 August 2019

  • Dear Mrs James, Thank you for your enquiry. We do understand the significant disruption being caused along Barton Road and Cranford Road at present and the frustration which it brings with it. However with tight delivery deadlines for not only developer led works and all the subsequent associated utility works but also the highway improvement works required, Northamptonshire Highways has worked very hard with all parties to try and deliver these collaboratively and structure the expected disruption so that the impact is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable and not prolonged well in to 2020. The traffic signals installed on Barton Road south of Woodland Avenue were for Western Power and Anglian Water who worked collaboratively to complete diversionary works in preparation for the construction of Access F. These works were carried out while the one way restriction on Barton Road was in place as this significantly reduced traffic using this road. This subsequently reduced the risk of traffic backing onto the A14 from these temporary signals significantly. The works on Barton Road are expected to continue up until the end of November 2019. However, the Cranford Road closure, the Cranford Road/Barton Road one-way restriction and the Anglian Water works will all be completed on or by the 3rd September prior to schools returning. This will return two way traffic to Barton Road with 3 way temporary traffic signal control at Warkton Lane in place until November 2019. Once all of the Access E and F works have been completed, Redrow will be returning to complete road resurfacing and the installation of permanent traffic signals at St Botolphs/Barton Road junction early in 2020. This should then be the end of the major works programmes on Barton Road. With regard to your comment on works by Anglian Water and other Utilities. Northamptonshire Highways has actively encouraged collaborative working between all works promoters on Barton Road and has identified collaborative opportunities which have removed the need for further major works to take place in 2020 between Warkton Lane and the A14: • Both Cadent Gas and Anglian Water have worked within White Mountain’s site to carry out diversionary works. • The Cranford Road junction improvements have a shared collaborative traffic management arrangement with White Mountain. • Within this traffic management between Warkton Lane and Cranford Road, Anglian Water were able to complete a four week programme of mains replacement. • Western Power carried out diversionary works within the Cranford Road/Barton Road site. • Also the previously mentioned diversionary works for Access F have been completed during the above works. There are no instances where Northamptonshire Highways have denied collaborative working and if there have been any instances where collaborative working has not been achieved, this has been due to works promoters specific site requirements or safety reasons. I do understand that these works have been disruptive but these are essential as part of development approvals. There is always a balance to be struck to minimise the impact of road works however, I hope the above gives you a better insight into the collaborative efforts that have taken place to minimise both the duration and overall disruption of these works. At present, the end date for completion of the Access E works is midNovember 2019, however White Mountain have approached Northamptonshire Highways for an extension into 2020 based delays caused by Cadent Gas and Anglian Water’s diversionary works taking longer than expected. This extension has been rejected and White Mountain have been asked to find opportunities within their programme to make up some of the time lost however, it is expected there will likely be an extension required but this should be of a considerably shorter duration than previously requested. Also the current end date for the construction of Access F is the end of October 2019, with the majority of these works being undertaken offline. The construction of tie-ins to Barton Road and subsequent resurfacing will require various traffic management arrangements including two way signals and a road closure, however this is to be carried out at the end of this programme. Kind Regards Wayne Jackson NRSWA Team Leader

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:35, Friday 30 August 2019

  • Dear Mrs James, Thank you for your enquiry. We do understand the significant disruption being caused along Barton Road and Cranford Road at present and the frustration which it brings with it. However with tight delivery deadlines for not only developer led works and all the subsequent associated utility works but also the highway improvement works required, Northamptonshire Highways has worked very hard with all parties to try and deliver these collaboratively and structure the expected disruption so that the impact is minimised so far as is reasonably practicable and not prolonged well in to 2020. The traffic signals installed on Barton Road south of Woodland Avenue were for Western Power and Anglian Water who worked collaboratively to complete diversionary works in preparation for the construction of Access F. These works were carried out while the one way restriction on Barton Road was in place as this significantly reduced traffic using this road. This subsequently reduced the risk of traffic backing onto the A14 from these temporary signals significantly. The works on Barton Road are expected to continue up until the end of November 2019. However, the Cranford Road closure, the Cranford Road/Barton Road one-way restriction and the Anglian Water works will all be completed on or by the 3rd September prior to schools returning. This will return two way traffic to Barton Road with 3 way temporary traffic signal control at Warkton Lane in place until November 2019. Once all of the Access E and F works have been completed, Redrow will be returning to complete road resurfacing and the installation of permanent traffic signals at St Botolphs/Barton Road junction early in 2020. This should then be the end of the major works programmes on Barton Road. With regard to your comment on works by Anglian Water and other Utilities. Northamptonshire Highways has actively encouraged collaborative working between all works promoters on Barton Road and has identified collaborative opportunities which have removed the need for further major works to take place in 2020 between Warkton Lane and the A14: • Both Cadent Gas and Anglian Water have worked within White Mountain’s site to carry out diversionary works. • The Cranford Road junction improvements have a shared collaborative traffic management arrangement with White Mountain. • Within this traffic management between Warkton Lane and Cranford Road, Anglian Water were able to complete a four week programme of mains replacement. • Western Power carried out diversionary works within the Cranford Road/Barton Road site. • Also the previously mentioned diversionary works for Access F have been completed during the above works. There are no instances where Northamptonshire Highways have denied collaborative working and if there have been any instances where collaborative working has not been achieved, this has been due to works promoters specific site requirements or safety reasons. I do understand that these works have been disruptive but these are essential as part of development approvals. There is always a balance to be struck to minimise the impact of road works however, I hope the above gives you a better insight into the collaborative efforts that have taken place to minimise both the duration and overall disruption of these works. At present, the end date for completion of the Access E works is midNovember 2019, however White Mountain have approached Northamptonshire Highways for an extension into 2020 based delays caused by Cadent Gas and Anglian Water’s diversionary works taking longer than expected. This extension has been rejected and White Mountain have been asked to find opportunities within their programme to make up some of the time lost however, it is expected there will likely be an extension required but this should be of a considerably shorter duration than previously requested. Also the current end date for the construction of Access F is the end of October 2019, with the majority of these works being undertaken offline. The construction of tie-ins to Barton Road and subsequent resurfacing will require various traffic management arrangements including two way signals and a road closure, however this is to be carried out at the end of this programme. Kind Regards Wayne Jackson NRSWA Team Leader

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:35, Friday 30 August 2019

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:35, Friday 30 August 2019

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