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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Phase two of road building starts
Work has begun on the latest stage of a new bypass around Oakham in Rutland.

The 11.6m project, which runs for three miles, is expected to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and improve the environment.

The work includes construction of a railway bridge that will avoid an accident black-spot level crossing.

The road, which is expected to relieve congestion through the town centre, will link the A6003 via Burley Park Way to the A606 north of Barleythorpe.

Key project

A substantial part of the bypass, from the A606 Stamford Road to Ashwell Road, has already been constructed and opened at the end of 2000.

The single-carriageway bypass extension is expected to take just over a year to build.

Residents living near the construction site will receive a monthly newsletter detailing the work.

Transport Minister Karen Buck said: "This government is committed to tackling congestion, improving environmental quality and increasing safety.

"The bypass will greatly help the town to retain its historic character.

"The scheme has been a key aspiration of the people of Rutland for a long time and I am delighted to be able to announce the go-ahead."

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