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Latest plans for a £22m upgrade to the A614 take a step forward

The latest plans for the £22m upgrade of the A614/A6097 corridor are taking a step forwards as plans are to be shared with local people

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The latest plans for the £22m upgrade of the A614/A6097 corridor, which aim to unlock the economic potential of north Nottinghamshire are taking a step forwards as plans are to be shared with local people.

The Secretary of Transport announced last October that £18m of funding would be allocated to the Council for the scheme following its bid to improve six junctions along the A614 and A6097 between Ollerton and Lowdham.

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The scheme aims to support planned housing developments along the route in Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Blidworth, reduce peak period traffic congestion for the benefit of commuters and local businesses, and improve road safety for all users.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: ‘The A614 forms the spine of the county and I am delighted that after thorough investigation work by the County Council along with our partners Via East Midlands we are now in a position to share the comprehensive design plans with local people for their views.

‘This significant upgrade will support new growth and investment along the route for the benefit of residents and businesses.

‘I’d encourage people to attend the consultation events that are planned throughout Newark and Sherwood this summer and have their say.’

The County Council submitted its outline business case to the Department for Transport for approval in May 2019 with the intention to start works on site in April 2021 subject to the approval of the business case and subsequent planning approvals.

The remaining funding for the project will be coming from the Council, section 106 contributions from proposed developments along the route, including a proposed development at Edwinstowe, and Community Infrastructure Levy money.

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