Construction works have started
Construction works on the transformation of George Street, Corby started on 19th July 2010. Works will be phased along George Street to accommodate the CUBE opening and the period leading up to Christmas.
Northamptonshire County Council and Corby Borough Council, through North Northants Development Company (NNDC), secured the £3.33 million of funding to carry out the work. The improvements will complement the Willow Place shopping centre, new Corby East Midlands International Pool and Corby CUBE development, carrying the theme of revitalisation throughout the length of George Street.
Councillor Heather Smith, County Council Cabinet Member for Transport & Highways said: “We have recently seen Corby transformed with the creation of fantastic new buildings, greatly rejuvenating the town centre. These new proposals will contribute enormously in giving Corby the town centre it deserves”.
“Corby has shown that it really is on the up, going from strength to strength and I am sure that it will continue to attract investment, triggering significant economic growth”.
The principal aim of the scheme is to undertake improvements between Westcott Way roundabout and Alexandra Road roundabout. The changes will provide a pedestrian friendly environment to make walking along George Street more attractive.
The key issues which you raised were:
- Co-ordination with CUBE works
- Traffic Congestion
- Bench design
- Location of taxi ranks
- Cost of bus shelters
- Pedestrian interaction with buses/taxis
- Parking for cycles
- Traffic Order
Proposed works to include
- Improved pedestrian movement with the restriction of private vehicles during the day
- New bus shelters with real time bus information
- Landscaping, lighting, seating and paving
- Relocated taxi ranks
- Shared space at George Street / Corporation Street
- Centralised and improved bus stops
When will the work end?
We will finish the works by the end of March 2011. Access to properties and shops will be maintained at all times. We will also keep residents and traders informed about the progress of the project and minimise the disruption to them while we work. This is a significant construction project and all residents and traders will be kept informed about the progress of the project and the partners will seek to minimise any inconvenience or disruption.
While work is taking place George Street will be open only to buses, taxis and emergency vehicles and bus stops will be relocated to parking bays in Elizabeth Street between Stuart Road and Alexandra Road.
Northbound traffic will be diverted via Westcott Way and Cottingham Road into George Street while Southbound traffic will be diverted via Cottingham Road and Westcott Way.