Roads chief will visit proposed Kettering road sites around A14

Parliamentary under-Secretary, Department for Transport, Robert Goodwill will visit the A14 this month.
Parliamentary under-Secretary, Department for Transport, Robert Goodwill will visit the A14 this month.
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A Government roads boss will visit the county this month to talk to local people about road building that will unlock the East Kettering scheme.

Junior transport minister Robert Goodwill confirmed to the House of Commons yesterday (Thursday) that he will come to the county on May 23 to view the site of the new junction 10a and the Weekley - Warkton bypass.

He will also open the new Corby A43 Link Road which runs from the A6003 at Barford Bridge to the Eurohub roundabout near Stanion. Work on that road is almost finished.

In Parliament yesterday Kettering MP Philip Hollobone asked Mr Goodwill if he would meet Kettering Borough Council bosses to discuss the projects in his constituency.

Mr Hollobone said: “Because of the thousands of new houses being built in and around Kettering, these two projects, which will cost a total of £60 million, are vital not only to unlock £1 billion of economic development under the Treasury Green Book rules but to prevent the town of Kettering from grinding to a halt because of all the extra traffic.

Mr Goodwill said: “This is a £40 million to £50 million scheme to which we have no policy objections, but as it will unlock potential development for up to 5,000 houses and improve access to the business and energy parks, I think that it is only fair that those who stand to gain — that is, the developers and the local authority, through the new homes bonus - should pay some of the costs.”

Corby MP Andy Sawford then asked Mr Goodwill to ensure his visit to Kettering did not eat into the time he would spend opening the Corby Link Road,

Mr Goodwill added: “I look forward to coming to Corby.”