Work on a new £34 million dual carriageway to the south east of Corby can now start, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today (8 May 2012).
The new 4 mile stretch of road will run from the A6003 near Barford Bridge (north-west of Kettering) to the Stanion roundabout at the A43 and A6116 junction. The scheme will unlock significant economic growth potential in the northern part of Northamptonshire and improve access in and around Corby. It will also divert traffic away from the rural villages of Great and Little Oakley, Newton and the conservation village of Geddington who currently suffer from heavy through traffic on the existing A43.
Norman Baker said:
This road will play a key role in helping to maximise regeneration and growth in Corby and surrounding areas which are expecting a large growth in population over the next decade. It will greatly improve connections between the growth towns in the area as well as bringing much needed relief to nearby rural villages.
That is why we putting in £20.6 million into this scheme as part of this government’s commitment to drive growth in the economy and reduce congestion on our roads.
The scheme was one of 20 given initial approval in the Chancellor’s autumn statement at the end of last year. Work can now start on the main construction with the road scheduled to open in January 2014.
Notes to editors
Today’s (8 May 2012) announcement grant full (final) approval to the A43 Corby Link Road scheme enabling work to begin.
The new road is scheduled to open in January 2014.
The department will provide a maximum of £20.6 million towards the full scheme cost of £34 million.
The scheme consists of a 4 mile (6.5km) dual carriageway running from the A6003 near Barford Bridge (north-west of Kettering) to the Stanion roundabout at the A43 and A6116 junction. On completion, the Corby Link Road will become the new alignment for the A43.
The route includes a 4 leg roundabout at its southern end (A6003), running north-eastwards, parallel with the Kettering-Corby railway for some 2.5 miles (4km) and linking in with the A43 north of Geddington village at its junction with the A6116 at Stanion.
To minimise the impact of traffic on local communities the road has been designed without intermediate junctions.