11 May 2011

Work to transform Corby’s George Street - providing improved pedestrian access between the shopping area and the civic and leisure area of the town - is now nearing completion.

To finish the final phase to the highest standard it will be necessary to implement road closures to provide a new road surface to George Street.

This work will be carried out over a period running from Monday, May 16 to Sunday, June 5, including weekends. The new, improved George Street will then be open in full on Monday, June 6.

To minimise reduction and maintain levels of access for deliveries, the work will be carried out in two stages. Some alternative routes and arrangements will be necessary and will apply to all vehicles including buses. During this time there will be clear signage for diversions and access.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, minerals and waste, said: “I’m delighted that work is now nearing completion and although there will be some disruption while the finishing touches are put in place it will be worthwhile when the project is fully finished.

“We have recently seen Corby transformed with the creation of fantastic new buildings, greatly rejuvenating the town centre. These new proposals will contribute enormously in giving Corby the town centre it deserves.

“Corby has shown that it really is on the up, going from strength to strength, and I’m sure that it will continue to attract investment, triggering significant economic growth.”

Northamptonshire County Council and Corby Borough Council, through North Northants Development Company (NNDC), secured the funding to carry out the work.

The improvements complement the Willow Place shopping centre, new Corby East Midlands International Pool and Corby Cube development, carrying the theme of revitalisation throughout the length of George Street.

Phase One – May 16 to May 27:

  • George Street (north of the Alexandra Road roundabout) closed except for access to Wood Street.
  • George Street (south of the Alexandra Road roundabout) unaffected.

Phase Two – May 28 to June 5:

  • Closure of the entire length of George Street except for access to Wood Street.
  • Bus stops moved to Elizabeth Street.