THE first turf has been cut in the new £34m A43 Corby link road, heralding jobs and prosperity for the town and the north of the county.
Transport Minister Norman Baker attended the ceremony today and said that, once completed, the road would boost the area’s economy.
He said: “This new road will have implications for the people of Geddington, but for me the main impact on the area will be an economic one.
“It’s about investment, jobs and unlocking land.”
Interserve Construction Ltd had been awarded the contract for the road, which will connect the A43 near Stanion to the A6003 near Barford Bridge.
Work will start on the site in June and the new road should be completed by December 2013.
Corby and East Northants MP Louise Mensch, who attended the turf-cutting ceremony, said: “This is the biggest thing to happen for Corby in the past five years and it will have a huge impact.
“The new road will mean growth and prosperity for the town.”
The four-mile stretch of dual carriageway is being funded with £20.6m from the Government and the rest from the county council.
Jim Harker, leader of the county council, said: “This is a major project for Northamptonshire and absolutely key in helping create the conditions to bring economic growth particularly in the north of the county.”
Residents in Geddington have been campaigning for the link road for many years.
Charlie McCormick, chairman of the A43 Action Group, said: “I’m delighted work is starting on the new road, which will have a major impact on the quality of life for people in Geddington.
“The existing road cuts the village in half and residents, including children, have to cross it several times a day. The link road will take traffic away from the village and make it much safer.”