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Countywide road repairs programme set to start

Parking, roads and transport

18 May 2021

A road surface repairing machine

An extensive programme of ‘surface dressing’ road repairs are set to get underway across Northamptonshire.

The work - which runs from Wednesday 19 May through to mid-June, weather dependant - is being carried out on behalf of West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire Councils and provides a cost-effective way of preserving and extending the life of highways in the county.

Surface dressing involves bitumen being sprayed on to the road surface and overlaid by chippings which are rolled on to the surface. When the bitumen cools it sets and holds the chippings to the surface of the road.

The carriageway is safe to drive on following application of the chippings, though traffic is slowed to 20mph in the first few days to protect the workforce, reduce the risk of damage from loose chippings and for the safety of the public.

People are advised to drive slowly, keeping their distance, and to avoid turning or braking sharply. Motorists should also not overtake at any time.

Loose chippings are swept away within 24 hours of the initial dressing, and again within five days.

A heavy roller is used after initial treatment and the surface is usually fully embedded after around a week, due to the action of traffic moving across it.

Where surface dressing is scheduled in residential areas, people will receive a letter through their door notifying them of when the work will take place and asking them to move their vehicles off roads and paths. Advisory signs will also be placed in the streets giving times and dates of the work.

Vehicles whose presence is preventing or hindering the works taking place may be relocated to a nearby street. This will be carried out by an approved contractor and vehicles will be moved within the vicinity, with signs located on the street providing information.

Weather can impact the programme and dates may change, with people advised to check the on-site signs for the latest information.

The latest information about highway works on the network can also be found at

For more information see roads, parking and transport in West Northamptonshire

People in the north of the county should visit the North Northamptonshire Council website.

Programme of works start dates:

  • Brackley to Middleton Cheney - 19/20/21 May 9.30am - 3.30pm Surface dressing  8pm-6am on 20/21 sweeping (only overnight works)
  • Middle Street. Nether Heyford - 25 May 9.30am-3.30pm

  • Towcester Road/Northampton Road, Milton Malsor - 26 May 9am – 5pm (should complete works in morning)

  • Rectory Farm Road, Northampton- 26 May 12pm -6pm
  • Great Billing Way - 2 sections either side of Cumbrae Drive and Overhead Roundabout, Northampton- 27 May 9.30 am -3:30pm
  • A509 Wollaston- 24/25 May 9.30 am -3.30pm
  • A6 Rushden/Bedford Road - 26/27 May 9.30am -3.30pm
  • Main Street, Woodnewton -  28 May 8am -6pm
  • Gretton to Rockingham 28 May 8am -6pm
  • A508 Kelmarsh Hall to Great Oxendon (Harborough Road) - 1/2 June 9.30am -3.30pm
  • A5199 Thornby, Welford Road, Guilsborough - 2/3/4 June 9.30 am -3.30pm
  • Holcot Road - 4 June 9.30 am – 5pm
  • Old Road / Lamport Road / Scaldwell Road 4 June 9.30 am – 5pm
  • Brooks Road, Raunds 5 June 8 am – 6pm
  • Armston Lodge, Oundle 5 June 8am -6pm
  • Laxton Road, Blatherwyke 5 June 9.30 am – 5pm
  • Main Road, Horton Road- B526 Newport Pagnell Road 6 June 9.30am -1pm
  • Wollaston/Irchester Road, Wollaston 6 June 8am -6pm