Notice is herby given that Northamptonshire County Council have made an order under Sections 1 to 5 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to prohibit any heavy commercial vehicle over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight from proceeding along those lengths of roads as specified in the Schedule below. Exemptions will be made for loading / unloading.

A copy of the order, together with a plan showing the exact lengths of road to which it relates may be inspected at Kettering Library, Sheep Street, Kettering during their normal opening hours or at the offices of The Traffic Order Section, Riverside House, Bedford Road, Northampton during normal office hours.

If you wish to query the validity of the Order or of any provisions contained in it on the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or on the grounds that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to the order, you may, within  six weeks from the date of this Notice, apply to the High Court for this purpose.

This Order will become effective on the 19th December 2014.

Dated this 18th day of December 2014

Director of Legal Services        JCM13/05


Wood Street (entire length);
Chase Farm (entire length);
Bakehouse Hill (entire length);
Church Hill (entire length);
Malting Lane (entire length);
Bridge Street (entire length);
Queen Street (entire length);
West Street (entire length);
Road between its junction with Bridge Street and its junction with Wood Street;
Eleanor Road (entire length);
Chase Hill (entire length);
The Woodlands (entire length);
Chase View Road (entire length);
Bright Trees Road (entire length);
Fern Dale Close (entire length);
Slade Close (entire length);
Hall’s Close (entire length).

The Northamptonshire Police

Safer Roads Team


The Safer Roads Team has given permission to publish the results of a traffic survey that it carried out in June.

This was an automatic survey done by a fixed recorder to the lamppost outside the White Lion entrance off the A4300, for a period of 10 days. It recorded the number of vehicles and their speeds.

To see the breakdown of the Report, click on the link below.

Traffic Survey Report for A4300

PSL stands for Permitted Speed Limit.  85% of the 96,657 vehicles recorded, were travelling at or below this speed.

Please note the maximum speed of one or more vehicles was at 86mph.

If you have any queries concerning this report, either contact the Department at the top of the Survey Report, or your local councillors.




Monday 21 July

Grafton Road is suffering a temporary disruption tonight as Western Power Distribution attempts a repair to a ‘blown cable’, that has taken power from some of the Grafton Road residences.

A representative from Western Power said: “We are not certain how long this will take, it all depends on what we find when we dig the hole!”

Wednesday 23 July

The work continues through to a third day, or perhaps night would be the better description, as residents on Grafton Road heard the diggers and grabbers at work in the early hours (3am) of this morning.

21.00hrs Tuesday 23rd July
Tuesday 23rd July

There is a 3-way traffic control affecting Grafton Road, Wood Street and Priory Court.

3-Way traffic control, Grafton Road
3-Way traffic control, Grafton Road

Western Power Distribution is the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West. is always pleased to get ‘Comments’ about any of its postings – please keep them coming!

However, the new A43/Corby Link Road/Geddington By-pass postings have had more than their fair share of ‘Comments’, in fact we’ve almost had more for the new road postings, than all the other postings put together!

The concern in the ‘Comments’ centred on the amount of traffic still coming through the village, and what can be done to divert it onto the new road.

In our query to Cllr Jim Harker on this subject, he responded with the following:

“The County Council Highways department is looking at a number of options including road signage and road markings, and asking local haulage companies to encourage their drivers to use the link road.”

Comment from the Editor:
For those people expecting to see a massive and instant decrease in traffic, it has been a disappointing time. We can only hope that the options decided upon by the County Council Highways make a difference, and soon.

On a different note, it would be very interesting to see the results of traffic surveys in 3 month’s and 6 month’s time, and compare with them with the A43 Action Group’s survey results from the 1990s.



Surface Dressing

At the end of April, was advised that surface dressing would shortly take place across the county.

Surface dressing, according to Northamptonshire Highways, “is a low-cost annual maintenance programme, where bitumen and chippings provide added protection to the road surface and is used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water.”

The programme has now reached the roads surrounding Geddington. The sign below is situated on the A4300, near the Weekley roundabout, but there are others, so be warned!


Surface dressing


We’re still open and ready for business!


These were the words from Trish and Pat, who run the Post Office and Teashop. Despite the partial closure, businesses and other venues are open and accessible and interested parties should not be put off by the, possibly, ambiguous signage.

Bridge Street signs
Bridge Street signs


This is the second time in as many months that Queen Street has had to be closed to through traffic. In April, it was a gas main being installed and in May it’s a wall being rebuilt. (For more details on the whys and wherefores of the rebuilding of the wall, see our News post of 5 March – Tree Fellers at it again!)


It should be made plain that Queen Street is only closed to THROUGH traffic and access to the Post Office, the Teashop, Askew’s Hairdressers, the Chapel, the Recreation Field, the Tennis Club, the Bowls Club, the Cricket ground and the Village Hall, are all accessible by vehicle via West Street and Bridge Street (and if you are a visitor to Geddington), either over the bridge or through the ford to Queen Street.


Pedestrian access is still available for most residents, as can be seen in this image of a dog walker using the footway past the construction barriers.

Usable footway
Supporting framework


However, given good weather, perhaps the work can be done in under the 10 weeks that’s advertised!


Geddington By-pass Opening

Yes, we know its official title is the Corby Link Road or, what will now be shown on new maps and satnavs, the A43, but for  ‘us residents’ it started off as the Geddington by-pass.  And we are so looking forward to less traffic, in particular the lack of heavy goods vehicles coming through the village on what is now the A4300.

Last Friday, we posted some pictures of the opening of the new by-pass taken from one of the bridges. At the end of the post we asked if you had any other pictures we could put on the website, particularly of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Well, we’ve managed to go one better than that. We have been very fortunate in being given some most unusual pictures taken, not only from the cavalcade, not only from the leader of the cavalcade, but from someone who was videoing from the sunroof of the leader of the cavalcade, the GVFB’s fire engine, the Queen Eleanor.

Many, many thanks to John Doran and the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade for all of the following images.

Northamptonshire Highways

On a cool but sunny day, the new A43 was opened this morning at 12 noon, with a ribbon cutting ceremony  by Mr Robert Goodwill MP.

In a speech by the Leader of the Northampton County Council, Jim Harker said “This was a much needed scheme and I’m delighted to be able to announce that we’re now ready to open it to the public. I see this scheme as essential to unlocking the development in Corby and the surrounding areas.” Following the cutting of the ribbon,  the cavalcade of  vehicles set off from Storefield Cottages Roundabout travelling north to the Stanion Roundabout, where they turned round and came back again, giving those of us on the two bridges a splendid view.

It's unlikely that you'll ever see this road so empty ever again!
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see this road so empty ever again!
A new view of the viaduct
A new view of the viaduct








Along with many Geddington residents, Anglia TV News and the Evening Telegraph were also there to record the event, the Anglia photographer being particularly inventive with his viewing point.

The cavalcade included a Formula 1 car, a Formula E car, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari, a police car, ambulance and at least six coaches full of schoolchildren – what an adventure for them! – plus many others: the whole being lead by the GVFB Fire engine, the Queen Eleanor.


If you’ve clicked on any of the last 8 images and only got a small picture come up, click on it again to get a full size picture. To return to this post,  click on the ‘back’ arrow.

(Our reporter/photographer could only be in one place and chose one of the bridges. If you have images of the ribbon cutting ceremony, please email them to

Ribbon cutting
Photo courtesy of Andrew Carter


‘Working to ensure road surfaces last longer.’

Northamptonshire Highways have advised that it is now the season for surface dressing of roads.  This is undertaken as part of their on-going, low-cost annual maintenance programme.

Communications Manager, Ms Miller comments: “Our surface dressing season runs from early April to the end of May and is very specific, due to road temperatures, as it cannot be carried out in cold or wet weather.  Bitumen and chippings provide added protection to the road surface and are used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water.”

Advance notice will be given where and when the resurfacing will be done, but Highways also asks that people assist them by moving vehicles before work is started, as this will prevent them from being damaged and help to complete the job.

Whilst the streets of Geddington seldom have this work done, surrounding roads leading into the village do, so the usual 20mph speed, and special care, is needed when travelling over them.

Further information can be obtained from:
Communications Manager, Northamptonshire Highways
Brioxworth Depot, Harborough Road, Northampton NN6 9BX


Geddington By-pass Opening 23rd May 2014


County Councillor Jim Harker reports: 

“I am very pleased indeed to say that, at last, the Geddington By-pass (otherwise known as the “Corby Link Road”) will be opened by the Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill, at 12noon on Friday 23rd May 2014.


The ceremony will take place at the Barford Bridge end of the bypass and all are welcome to attend.


Arrangements are being made to transport Geddington school children to the site where they will assist with the ribbon cutting and receive a memento of the occasion.”


After the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a cavalcade of vehicles, consisting of:


            Bluebird Formula E car

            Silverstone F1 racing car

            Silverstone Aston Martin and Ferrari

            BMW Corby Electric car

            Renault Corby Electric car


            Police car


            Fire engine


            Double-decker buses for children

 Also joining the cavalcade are articulated lorries from:

RS Components


            Knights of Old

            Wyvern Cargo



Councillor Harker added, “And, of course, our very own Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s fire engine ‘The Queen Eleanor‘, will be driven along the route of the new road.


The Queen Eleanor Fire Engine
The Queen Eleanor Fire Engine

This is a great day for Geddington.  The impact from traffic going through the village will be hugely reduced, especially as nearly all of the heavy goods vehicles will be removed. It is the culmination of a fight that has been waged for over forty years and is a great credit to everyone who has taken part in the campaign over these years.  Hooray!!”