The new multi-million pound Corby Link Road, which will help boost the economy in the north of the county opened on Friday 23 May.
About the Corby Link Road
The Northamptonshire County Council scheme has created a four-mile long dual carriageway which connects the existing A43 near the village of Stanion to the A6003 near Barford Bridge, north-west of Kettering.
As well as improving the link between the north of the county and the A14 the road will also reduce congestion on other local roads on the network, improving road safety, particularly in the village of Geddington.
The road was opened by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which started a transport procession representing Northamptonshire.
This included a procession of HGVs from county firms, emergency vehicles and the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade fire engine.
The road has taken just under two years to complete, which is on schedule, despite an extremely wet summer in 2012 and one of the wettest winters on record in 2013 to 2014.
The Government has contributed £20.6m, with the council being responsible for funding the remainder of the £34million scheme.
The road was opened to the public at 2pm.
New road is welcomed
Cllr Jim Harker, county council leader, 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.
“As a county council we are committed to laying the foundations to facilitate economic growth and I see this scheme as essential to unlocking development in Corby and the surrounding area.
“It’s remarkable that the road is opening right on schedule considering all the very wet weather that we’ve been experiencing in the time it was being built.
“I’d like to thank all of the workforce for their terrific effort over the past two years and the harsh weather they’ve battled with to get this open on time.
“I’d also like to thank the many people over the past 40 years that have pushed for a scheme like this that is not only a vital economic link but also a desperately needed bypass for Geddington, which relieves that village of the thousands of vehicles that have thundered along the A43 for the past three decades.”
Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: “This government has contributed £20.6m to improving the A43, which will not only ease congestion in and around nearby rural villages but also help support local businesses and the economy.”
John Wilkinson, managing director of MGWSP, highway service provider for the County Council said: “MGWSP have been proud to work in Northamptonshire and with Northamptonshire County Council since 2008, not just maintaining the highways but helping to build key infrastructure projects like the A43 Corby Link Road.
“The completion is a significant milestone – this 4mile dual carriageway, with its three new bridges, which has been two years in the making, has finished on budget and almost on schedule.
“This is due to the two teams from Northamptonshire Highways and Interserve working together using their combined ingenuity, organisational skills and professionalism.”
The work was carried out by Interserve Construction Limited, the international support services and construction group.
Interserve Director, Simon Ohlenschlager said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to work collaboratively with the council and their design partner MGWSP.
“We are pleased that Interserve has been able to contribute in such a way to the local economy and employment. We must also thank the local residents and travelling public for being patient with the day to day challenges that such a major construction brings. I congratulate the whole team on a job well done.”