The green light has been given by the Government for Nottinghamshire County Council to start work on major road improvements along the A614/A6097 between Ollerton and East Bridgford.
Councillor Ben Bradley MP, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The announcement from the Department for Transport (Dft) is fantastic news for Nottinghamshire.
“This investment is not only key to upgrading a major route through our county, but also for the delivery of numerous regeneration, growth and tourism projects in the area.
“In 2019, a total 4.5million visitors made a trip to tourist attractions including Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey Country Park and Centre Parcs, all of which are served by the A614.
“The upgrade of the A614/A6097 corridor is just another example of how we are ensuring that Nottinghamshire is well and truly on the map as a great place to live, work, visit and bring up your family.”
Councillor Keith Girling, Chairman of the Economic Development and Asset Management Committee, said: “This ambitious £28.6m project has been a top priority for the County Council for some time and I am delighted to see that it is now all systems go.
“The scheme will support planned housing developments along the route in Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Edwinstowe, reduce peak period traffic congestion for the benefit of commuters and local businesses, and improve road safety for all users.
“I would like to thank all of those people who have been involved in the recent consultation activity and helped us to get to this point.”
The complete package of measures within the scheme includes six junction improvements along the A614 and A6097:
• 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.
Works are expected to take place by Via East Midlands, Nottinghamshire County Council’s wholly owned highways company, in 2023 subject to the completion of statutory processes. The next key milestone for the project is the planning application which will be submitted to the planning authority this summer.