Corby link road to open on May 23

The new Corby link road which is to open on May 23
The new Corby link road which is to open on May 23
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The new multi-million pound Corby Link Road, which will help boost the economy in the north of the county, is to open this month.

The Northamptonshire County Council scheme has created a four-mile stretch of dual carriageway connecting the existing A43 near Stanion to the A6003 near Barford Bridge.

Opening to the public on Friday, May 23, the road will improve the link between the north of the county and the A14 and will improve road safety in Geddington.

The Government has contributed £20.594m towards the cost of the £34m scheme, with the county council funding the rest of the cost.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill is to open the new road which has taken just under two years to complete, being finished on schedule, despite a wet summer in 2012 and one of the wettest winters on record in 2013 to 2014.

County council leader Jim Harker said: “This was a much-needed scheme and I’m delighted to be able to announce that we’re now ready to open it to the public.

“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.

“I’d like to thank the workforce for their terrific effort in the past two years and the harsh weather they’ve battled with to get this open on time.

“I’d also like to thank the many people over the past 40 years that have pushed for a scheme like this that is not only a vital economic link but also a desperately needed bypass for Geddington, which relieves that village of the thousands of vehicles that have thundered along the A43 for the past three decades.”

The work was carried out by Interserve Construction Ltd.

Victory for road campaigners

The opening of the new link road marks a victory for Oakley Vale Community Association and residents who campaigned for measures to prevent noise pollution.

Corby mayor Judy Caine led the campaign, which started in 2009, on behalf of people living on the Oakley Vale estate.

Their concerns were taken into account and the road has been built with bunds and special fencing to keep traffic noise to a minimum.

Cllr Caine, who had a preview of the new road this week, said: “It was a long campaign but I am confident that residents on the estate will now be protected from noise.

“I would like to thank project manger Tony Ball for all his help, as well as all the people who supported the campaign and signed our petition.”