Village traffic – proposed road closure

With the increasing number of homes being built in and around the village the roads were always going to get busier. The East of England had the highest average number of cars or vans owned per household in the entire country at 1.4 in 2018.

Despite a regular police speed van presence in the village many commuters are still using the village as a 'cut through' rather than take the bypass and use it for what it was built for many years ago.

This time lapse video, taken over a 15 minute period at 5pm on a Thursday afternoon sees over 200 vehicles travelling on Stamford Road, some exceeding the 30mph limit with most continuing on to Kettering Road to exit the other side of Weldon.

One village resident and Parish Councillor is now asking for support in his plight to have Kettering Road closed to through traffic. The road leaving the village would end at the entrance to the Woodland Park. This would mean the traffic entering and leaving Weldon will be the majority of residents only.

When the right turn from the dual carriageway on to Kettering Road was closed for 6 months last year for roadworks, Weldon was noticeably quieter and much safer. It is being proposed that the road is closed both ways, ensuring that drivers and lorries use the bypass as it was intended.

So how do you feel about this proposed closure? You can have your say by clicking the link HERE.

3 thoughts on “Village traffic – proposed road closure

  • September 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Do we have facts and what percentage of vehicles would not use the village…..

  • September 12, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Can I please suggest that the traffic lights on the A43 at the Argos depot are looked at. These lights change every couple of minutes regardless of traffic entering or leaving the depot. I believe this has a massive impact on traffic coming through the village. I travel to Kettering daily from Weldon and use Kettering road, before the traffic lights I had to wait for a gap in traffic to get out but now it is almost always clear because of the build up at the other end of the dual carriage way . Obviously people realize this and they miss this back up by coming through the village. Can the lights be changed to only react when depot traffic is using the junction? Can a village patrol monitor and audit this. ?

  • September 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I don’t think road closure is answer. Better speed calming methods to get traffic slower and safer.

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