Nottinghamshire County Council makes progress with case for major road network

Nottinghamshire County Council has provided an update on plans to create a major road network and improve two of the county’s most congested routes.

The authority is progressing with its full business case to improve the A614 and A6097, aimed at reducing congestion, supporting drivers, encouraging economic growth and unlocking housing land.

Work on the road corridor, which runs from Newark and Sherwood to Rushcliffe, was awarded Department for Transport (DfT) funding of up to £24.3 million in 2018, reports the West Bridgford Wire.

It is estimated to cost £28.6 million overall, with a further £1.8 million provided through developer contributions and £2.5 million from Nottinghamshire County Council.

As part of the works, improvements will be made to the A614/A616/A6075 roundabout in Ollerton, and the A614 junctions at Mickledale Lane, White Post and Warren Hill, said the report.

The Warren Hill intersection, where the A614 joins the A6097, is listed as a “priority junction”, with further improvements planned at the Nottingham Road / Southwell Road roundabout and at Kirk Hill.

Now the council has provided an update on its full business case to the economic development and asset management (EDAM) committee.

The council expects to submit its planning application for the works by the end of this month, with an expected determination date of April 4 next year.

Cllr Keith Girling (Con), chairman of the committee, said the scheme will help people to use the roads “in a reasonable time”. He said: “The alternative here is to do nothing, this is about making decisions and getting on with it because standing still is not the answer. If you’ve ever been stuck on this road for two or three hours, you’ll know how difficult it can be to get anywhere. That’s what this is about, to keep the flow going, so people can get to where they need to go in a reasonable time. We’ve got the funding, which is great, and getting the money to do this has got to be a good thing.”

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