A scheme to upgrade six key junctions on the A614 and A6097 – described as the ‘backbone’ of Nottinghamshire – has taken a major step forward.
The major route goes from East Bridgford, in the south of the county, to near Worksop, where it joins the A1.
The majority of the funding is set to come from the Government, with around £4 million in top-up funding coming from Nottinghamshire County Council.
Exact details for how each junction will work are yet to be finalised, but the outline business case has now been submitted to the Government, and council bosses are expecting approval once a few more ‘hoops are jumped through’.
It is expected detailed planning permission will be approved early this year, but an estimated completion date is yet to be confirmed.
Councillors welcomed the development, saying it was ‘long overdue’ and would ‘make a huge difference’.
It will mean six junctions will receive significant upgrades, meaning each will be able to handle considerably more capacity at peak times.
It is hoped this will help cut down the large tailbacks seen at peak times, as well as the ‘rat running’ through villages nearby the route.
The project was approved unanimously by councillors on Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways committee on Thursday, January 7.
The six upgrades which will be improved are:
Ollerton Roundabout – the intersection of the A614 / A616 / A6075 roundabout.
Mickledale Lane junction – the A614 / Mickledale Lane crossroads.
White Post roundabout – the A614 / Mansfield Road roundabout.
Warren Hill junction – the A614 / A6097 priority junction.
Lowdham Roundabout – the A6097 / A612 Nottingham Road / Southwell Road roundabout, and
Kirk Hill junction – the A6097 / Kirk Hill crossroads.
The chairman of the committee which took the decision is Councillor John Cottee, who represents Keyworth for the Conservatives.
He said: “I think it’s been about two years that we’ve been on the case with it, since the funding was announced by Midlands Engine, and I know officers have been jumping through hoops to keep pushing forward.”
Councillor Kevin Greaves represents Worksop South for Labour, and said: “These are long awaited improvements, especially at Ollerton Roundabout, which creates massive tailbacks.
“But a word of caution, because when the Rose Cottage T-junction was installed, that created another tailback along this road, and also created rat-running through Edwinstowe, and quite a bit of it through the main village centre.
“I can see the improvement with the Ollerton roundabout will be very welcome, because that is horrendous, and is long overdue of being done.”
Councillor Bruce Laughton represents Muskham and Farnsfield for the Conservatives, and replied: “There is rat-running going through Eakring to be able to bypass some of the Ollerton Roundabout, but I think once the improvements are made to Ollerton Roundabout that will stop, because I think people will be quite happy to go down the road knowing theyre not going to be held up at Ollerton Roundabout.”
Confirming this, Nottinghamshire council officer Kevin Sharman, who is working on the scheme, said: “Hopefully one of the improvements will be that by increasing the capacity at these junctions we will cut out rat-running along the whole route, that’s one of the intentions of the whole scheme.
“We look forward to continuing negotiations with the Department for Transport and getting this over the line once and for all.”