There has been some confusion regarding the impending A605 road closure and what impact this may have on village movements. The situation isn't helped by the road signage which is rather unclear. What is clear is that a stretch of the A605 between the Titchmarsh junction and the roundabout near Thrapston is being resurfaced. The road will be closed for a number of days - but how exactly will this affect local residents? There are 2 specific issues:
- Access/Egress to and from the village by local residents via the junction on the A605 at the end of Church St.
- The prospect of diversions directing traffic through the village via Islington.
Enquiries have now been made and my understanding is that a diversion is to be put in place to direct south-bound traffic off the A605 at Oundle and along the A427 towards Benefield. Traffic traveling north will be fed off the A45 and A14 on to the A6116 towards Sudborough. These diversions will create a rather convenient Titchmarsh "by-pass" and should ensure that little or no additional non-local traffic passes through the village.
The junction on the A605 is a separate issue. Due to the nature of the road surfacing operation, Highways are unable to say precisely when it will be closed. The situation will likely change from day to day. What this means is that even though the diversions are in place, local traffic may still be able to enter and exit the village via the A605 junction.
Work begins on the 19th May and is scheduled to last until the 25th. I understand Northamptonshire Highways are to update the road signage as soon as possible to make the information clearer. In the meantime, to view a road map of the of the proposed works and diversions, please visit:
Search for "Titchmarsh" to centre the map on the village.