Northampton rat-run 'car trap' ignored by drivers

'Teeth' on Hermitage Way, Wootton
Image caption The chicane is designed so only buses should be able to drive through it

A traffic control scheme on the edge of Northampton has failed to take a bite out of motoring offences in the town.

Part of the road in Hermitage Way, Wooton, features metal teeth in a pit designed to stop cars using the road as a rat-run to the A45 dual carriageway.

The chicane is supposed to allow only buses to pass, but monitoring by police over a week in April revealed 822 vehicles drove through the site.

Only 200 were buses, indicating some 600 driving offences.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said: "This is clearly unacceptable, but we hope the words of advice we have been giving motorists will have had an impact.

"We will now be carrying out enforcement - that is, issuing tickets and reporting drivers for the offences identified."

The chicane was in place when Northamptonshire County Council adopted the road 18 months ago.

A spokesman said: "The measure is necessary to stop vehicles using Hermitage Way as a shortcut. Blocking the road to through traffic would present issues as the road is on a bus route.

"We will work with the relevant councillors after the elections on 2 May to try to find a solution to this issue."

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