Government funding's to be issued so a road upgrade linked to a new Corby housing area can be carried out.

£3.9m has been announced for the A43 and Steel Road roundabout and nearby access roads - close to the Weldon North Industrial Estate and Priors Hall Park.

Welcoming the news the MP for Corby said he wanted to continue to make the case for more new investment for local infrastructure.

The leader of Corby Borough Council also welcomed the news, saying they wanted to work with planners andthe new owners of Priors Hall on sustainable growth of the area.

Network Rail say the next stages of work on the Kettering to Corby rail line will see passenger services suspended for a week.

There will be no service by rail between the towns over the 17th to the 25th of February. Instead there will be a replacement bus service.

It's as testing begins on newly fitted equipment on the line, with engineers needing a nine day period of "wheels free" access to the railway.

Network Rail claim passengers will see the benefit of the upgrade work soon.

So far twelve kilometers of new track has been laid as work continues on providing a second track between Kettering and Corby.

A part of Corby's Cottingham Road is due to be closed to traffic from today ( Jan 19 ) - as a railway bridge that forms part of the road is being re-constructed.

Network Rail are delivering an electrification project to the rail line that serves Corby.

As a result pedestrian access is set to be made available over the line but vehicles will have to find another route- with Network Rail saying diversions will be clearly posted.

The work is due to take months and the restriction could last until August.

NHS Corby have revealed proposals for the Urgent Care Centre on Cottingham Road - in future requiring patients to book an appointment before they get there, by phone or online.

The site would be re-dubbed a "Same Day Access Hub". 

NHS Corby said their proposals had been influenced by the views of local people taken in the last few months of last year. Additional primary care provision is also being promised, 

Local MP Tom Pursglove welcomed the retention of urgent care services, but later added that patients should not come up against hurdles to access the care they need.

A public meeting about the moves is to be held next Tuesday ( Jan 30 ) in the Cube from 6pm.

Beth Miller is set to be Labour's candidate in Corby and East Northants when the next general election is called.

On Sunday ( Jan 14 ) party activists by a majority chose the 26-year-old former Brooke Weston student from an all-female shortlist of potential candidates. 

Miller took on the Labour candidacy at short notice for last year's snap general election, but failed to unseat Conservative Tom Pursglove, despite the Labour share of the vote locally going up to almost 45%.

On being selected Beth Miller said “I am so proud to be selected as the Labour candidate. I want to finish the job I started last year....with the local Labour Party, I will campaign in all parts of the constituency. There will be no ‘no - go’ areas. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

An employee of the Bank of England, she was also previously an adviser to senior Labour MPs Vernon Coaker and David Blunkett.

The latest date for the next general election is in 2022.