Traders counting the cost of roadworks

Frank O'Callaghan of Humbugs, Towcester with Watling Street traffic.'130202M-A471
Frank O'Callaghan of Humbugs, Towcester with Watling Street traffic.'130202M-A471
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Towcester traders are licking their wounds after road works, extended to by the snow, caused misery and disruption for more than three weeks.

Frank O’ Callaghan, owner of Humbugs Sweet shop said January had been quieter than the same time last year for a number reasons, but is certain the roadworks made things worse. He also thinks more thought could have been given to traffic management.

He said: “They have experts who can cut into gas pipes without an explosion, but they seem to have left the traffic lights to the tea boy.”

Mr O’Callaghan said it was obvious to everyone the phasing of the lights were incorrect and said he will be pursuing a compensation claim.

On Wednesday Northampton horsing racing punter Daniel Owen was heading to the Racecourse when he got stuck in the congestion for more than 15 minutes .

He saw several frustrated motorists going through the lights on red said: “Several cars turned round and went back. Shops must be livid, total gridlock. I was going to stop at Elliot’s to buy lunch but I had no time. The lights are costing the town income.

“I can’t think of a town more in need of a bypass.”

A spokesman of the National Grid would not comment on the phasing of the lights but said: “The work had been set to be completed by the end of January, but with the bad weather we were given a seven day extension.”

For details on the compensation scheme click on this link to the National Grid compensation scheme.