Contractors excited by £34m road project

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The contractors awarded the multi-million pound A43 Corby link road project say they can’t wait to get started on it.

It was announced on Monday that Interserve Construction Ltd had been awarded the contract for the £34m road, which will connect the A43 near Stanion to the A6003 near Barford Bridge.

Northamptonshire County Council says the road will significantly boost the economy and create jobs in the north of the county.

Work will start on the site in June and the new road should be open to traffic in early 2014.

Interserve’s construction manager Tim Brown said: “It’s a sizeable project for us, and a good project. Our tender fitted with Northamptonshire County Council’s plans with regard to cost and budget, and we have road building experience which we will bring to the table.

“We will be on site during June but we haven’t sat down with the county council yet and thrashed out a start date.

“But essentially that is water under the bridge – a couple of weeks either way won’t make a difference.

“I don’t know all of the views of people in the area, but it will bring work to the area and is a regeneration scheme which will help put the area on the map.

“The weather is right and this is an earth-moving project, so we need the weather for it. We can’t wait to get on with it.”

Council leader Jim Harker said: “Once the road is complete it will greatly improve the infrastructure in 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.”

The Government is contributing £20.594m towards the scheme.