19 January 2011

The transformation of George Street, Corby, is making great strides as work on the West side nears completion and work prepares to switch over to the East side on Monday, January 24.

During the proposed switchover northbound traffic will be in George Street whilst the southbound traffic will be diverted via Cottingham Road and Westcott Way.

The direction of travel for buses, taxis, private hire and vehicles requiring access to Cardigan Place and Everest Lane will be switched and alternative bus stops will be provided in Elizabeth Street for buses travelling from the north (Alexandra Road). The timing will be discussed with the bus operator, who will pass on any changes to customers.

The existing taxi rank on Corporation Street will remain operational until the new rank (the former Willows Arts Centre site) is ready for use. The timing of the switchover will be discussed with the taxi operators.

Pedestrian access along George Street and access to properties and shops will be maintained at all times throughout the duration of the construction works. Partners will seek to work closely with individual properties that are affected by the works, so it will be business as usual while the work takes place.

All residents and traders will be kept informed about the progress of the project and the partners will seek to minimise any inconvenience or disruption. Publicity leaflets are also being issued advising residents, shopkeepers, etc of the switchover and providing them with all relevant contact details.

The work on George Street will provide improved pedestrian access between the shopping area and the civic and leisure area of the town. The improvements will 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.

Northamptonshire County Council and Corby Borough Council, through North Northants Development Company (NNDC), secured the £3.33 million of funding to carry out the work.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, minerals and waste, said: “We have recently seen Corby transformed with the creation of fantastic new buildings, greatly rejuvenating the town centre. The new works 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.”

Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration, Cllr Jimmy Noble, said: “The improvements to George Street are a key part of the regeneration of Corby Town Centre and with the West side nearing completion and work on the East side due to begin shortly, Parkland Gateway will be an attractive and more accessible area for the public.

“Partners are aiming to complete the work with minimal disruption and we look forward to the final result.”