MP adds backing to A46 widening

The MP for Newark is calling for the Government to commit to a widening scheme on the A46 through his constituency, saying it is “vital” for the area.

The scheme would see four miles of the road bebetween Farndon and Winthorpe in Nottinghamshire turned into a dual carriageway. National Highways was expected to have submitted the Development Consent Order application by now, but it says the predicted cost of the scheme has risen above the £500m threshold, which means it now falls under the governance of the Department for Transport and Treasury rather than National Highways. Due to additional governance, we’ll now submit our DCO application at the beginning of next year.

Robert Jenrick told the BBC: “This initiative is a critical step towards ensuring that our region gets the infrastructure investment it desperately needs.

“By widening 6.5 kilometres (four miles) of the existing single carriageway to a dual carriageway between Farndon and Winthorpe roundabouts, congestion will be significantly reduced in our area.

“The upgraded A46 Newark Bypass will serve as a vital trade corridor linking the M5 to the Humber ports and will result in smoother journeys for the approximately 17,000 daily drivers who rely on it.

Mr Jenrick, the immigration minister, said he would push for the £500m investment.

“The A46 Newark Bypass is a key component of our region’s infrastructure, and its enhancement supports a vision for sustainable growth and prosperity in and around Newark.” he added.

(Picture – National Highways)

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