- multi-million pound program announced to dramatically reduce traffic jams and travel times along the A614 and A6097
- the work will support the construction of 1,330 new homes, improve access to major tourist attractions and boost the local economy as we build better
- the announcement is the latest government move to level transport infrastructure across the country
Nottinghamshire will benefit from government funding of Â£ 24million, providing vital junction upgrades along an 18 mile stretch of the A614 and A6097 to reduce journey times and give a boost to the local economy.
The improvements will take place along the main north-south local road through the county and will support the construction of 1,330 new homes by improving access to development sites. This includes 800 new homes in the Thoresby Colliery development, where the work will also support new jobs, as well as a new elementary school, shops and recreation facilities and a local community center.
The congestion reduction program will also dramatically improve access for millions of visitors to key local tourist attractions, including Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park and Rufford Abbey, all of which are major contributors to the local economy. .
The announcement comes as the government continues efforts to better rebuild itself after the pandemic and improve transport links to boost regional economies across the country.
Road Minister Baroness Vere said:
Nottinghamshire road users deserve faster, easier and better journeys, and I am all too aware of the congestion issues along this key route.
Our multi-million pound investment is tackling the problem head-on. This program will dramatically reduce traffic congestion, support the construction of over 1,000 new homes and give the local economy a real boost as we recover better from the pandemic and level transportation for everyone across the country. .
Councilor Keith Girling, Chairman of the Economic Development and Asset Management Committee, said:
This ambitious Â£ 28.6million project has been a top priority for County Council for some time and I am delighted to see that all systems are now in motion.
The program will support planned housing developments along the road in Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Edwinstowe, reduce peak traffic congestion for the benefit of local commuters and businesses, and improve road safety for all users.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the recent consultation activity and helped us get there.
The work will see significant improvements to 6 junctions along the route to reduce congestion, including new traffic lights at Kirk Hill, a new junction at Mickledale Lane, larger roundabouts at Lowdham and Ollerton, as well as an improved roundabout at Warren Hill.
It is not just motorists who will benefit from the work. Pedestrians and cyclists should also enjoy safer journeys with new toucans crossings at Ollerton and Lowdham roundabouts, supporting those who opt for more active modes of travel as we also rebuild in a way. greener.
The total cost of the program is Â£ 28.6million, with Nottinghamshire County Council providing the remaining funds following the multimillion pound contribution from the Department for Transport.
Today’s announcement is the latest boost for transport in the region, following the Â£ 169million investment from the Government’s Cities Transformation Fund in public and sustainable transport infrastructure in Nottingham and Derby.