Northampton

Northampton's new bus station opens with gridlock

Buses queue up near the bus station
Image caption Problems in the centre of Northampton started from about 11:00 GMT

The centre of Northampton was left in gridlock and police were brought in to manage traffic after the opening of a new £7m bus interchange.

Problems started from about 11:00 GMT with lines of buses at a standstill and queues of passengers building up.

Northamptonshire Police said they closed College Street to traffic because of the problems.

Northampton Borough Council and the county council said they were working to ensure the problems did not recur.

Image caption Queues of passengers built up at the £7m bus station in Northampton

Later Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council issued a joint statement which said: "We are looking at the traffic management plans as a matter of urgency to ensure that there is no repeat of the problems we have seen today.

"We knew that there would be teething problems as there are bound to be with any such major project and we acknowledge that these were major.

"We apologise to all the motorists and bus passengers who were caught up in the delays and we thank them and acknowledge their concerns."

Image caption David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said staff were working to solve the problems

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