There was chaos on the roads around Corby today (Monday, September 9) when a section of the A43 near Stanion was closed for roadworks.
Residents in Little Stanion said it took them 45 minutes to get from the village to the Eurohub roundabout, journeys from Corby to Kettering on A6003 took up to an hour and coaches taking children to schools around the town were held up.
Traffic built up on the A6014 as lorries made diversions through Corby.
A section of the A43 from the Stanion roundabout to the Holiday Inn was closed in order to complete the next stage of work on the £34m Corby link road.
It will stay closed until Thursday, September 19.
Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “Pupils were late for school, with coaches stuck in long queues of traffic and people were late for appointments at Kettering General Hospital. It was chaos.”
Linda Roger, director of Rodgers Coaches in Corby, said: “All the roads around the town were gridlocked. It was a nightmare and it’s going to be like this for 10 days.”
The closure is necessary to allow workmen to realign the Stanion roundabout.
Announcing it last month Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: “The next part of the work is quite difficult in terms of traffic management which will allow the Stanion roundabout to be modified and kerb lines realigned, while maintaining access to Little Stanion and the Eurohub.
“This is an essential piece of work on a very busy road, so there are bound to be times when congestion is unavoidable especially in the peak periods, but I would urge all road users to be patient.”