Jordan’s Formula One car marks new Silverstone gateway

Press release 04/07/2002 00:00 CET

Construction workers from Costain Skanska celebrated in front of a Jordan Formula One car after completing a new road which will provide a much needed gateway for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The road was vital to avoid the traffic problems of recent times that threatened to undermine the British Grand Prix as tens of thousand of cars descend on the venue in Silverstone. The joint venture contractor, responsible for the £56 million project to dual 18 kms of the A43 in three different sections, was awarded a further contract by Highways to ensure the Silverstone section of the project was completed before the Grand Prix to enhance public access.

Project manager Alan Kay said, “Everyone has put in a tremendous effort to get the section ready for the Grand Prix. It is a vital part of the event’s overall success and so we simply could not fail.”

The entire scheme was delayed last year by foot & mouth disease and the Silverstone section would not have been completed before the Grand Prix without the extra funding. The road will be permanently open to traffic in September this year.