Work on a new multi-million pound road which will boost the Northamptonshire economy and create jobs in the north of the county has taken a significant step forward.
Northamptonshire County Council has now appointed a contractor to build the A43 Corby Link Road – a four-mile long dual carriageway which will form a vital link in the county and a key element in Corby’s regeneration.
The contractor, Interserve Construction Limited, will start work on site next month and the new road should be open to traffic in early 2014.
The route will connect the existing A43 near the village of Stanion to the A6003 near Barford Bridge, north-west of Kettering and will improve the link between the north of the county and the A14.
Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “The A43 Corby Link Road is a major highways scheme and once the road is complete will greatly improve the infrastructure to the north of the county.
“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.
“Providing a major route into this part of the county also reduces congestion on other local roads on the network, which improves road safety, particularly in the village of Geddington which has campaigned for such a scheme for many years.”
The Government is contributing £20.594m, with the council being responsible for funding the remainder of the £34million scheme.
Tim Brown, construction manager for Interserve said: “We look forward to working with Northamptonshire County Council. We are committed to delivering this high priority route on time and within budget, and our major projects team will work with local suppliers to achieve this.”
To allow the work to proceed and to enable safe working and to reduce disruption for the travelling public, a detailed a detailed traffic management programme of works will be made available on the Northamptonshire County Council website.