Road schemes in Northamptonshire will help to create more than 1,700 jobs in the East Midlands and bring £2.8 million investment to the economy, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill announced today.
Across the country, the Government says it has invested in a total of 209 schemes adding up to £4.3 billion. In the East Midlands, the Transport Minister highlighted 18 road improvement schemes.
Work to improve the access to Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone began in August to increase the capacity of the southern inner ring road as part of a £6.8 million scheme. The Government estimates the scheme will bring £27 million of benefit to the economy in the scheme’s lifetime. It will also create about 22 construction jobs next year.
Elsewhere in Northamptonshire, the A43 Corby Link Road, which started work in June last year and is estimated to be completed by May next year, will bring in £86 million to the economy, according to the Government. The link road scheme will create 30 construction jobs next year.
A £43 million scheme to widen the A14 Kettering bypass is due to be completed by 2015/16 which will create 139 construction jobs next year and will bring in £300 million to the economy over its lifetime. And the £187 million scheme to improve Junction 19 of the M1, which is due to be completed in 2016/2017, is set to create 367 construction jobs next year.
Mr Goodwill said: “Roads are the lifeblood that keeps our economy going. They create jobs and help get products to markets. This government is committed to delivering the modern infrastructure we need to compete in the global race, investing across the board to cut congestion and reduce journey times in roads, rail and local transport.
“We are already seeing massive improvements being made to our major roads and motorways. In 2014 the public will see even greater improvements right across the country.”