Multi-million pound East Midlands traffic link opens early
The first stretch of a newly-improved vital road link in the East Midlands will open to traffic ahead of schedule.
The last cones are due to be lifted from the majority of the urban section of the A453, the road which links Nottingham to the M1 and East Midlands Airport, in time for tomorrow (June 11) morning’s rush hour.
Highways England will open the urban section between Crusader roundabout and Farnborough Road overnight (Wednesday into Thursday), so motorists can experience some of the benefits before the entire scheme is opened later this month.
The opening of this stretch will be followed in the coming weeks by the opening of the longer rural stretch of the road linking Mill Hill to junction 24 of the M1.
The scheme has cost a total of £169 million, which includes £20 million from Nottinghamshire County Council.
The urban area has been widenedfrom a single lane to two lanes in each direction, more than doubling capacity, and has a permanent speed limit of 40 mph.
Roads Minister Andrew Jones said:
"As part of our long-term economic plan we’re committed to the biggest investment in roads in a generation.
“It’s vital we use our transport infrastructure to create jobs and make it easier for people to see their family and friends. The £1.8 billion we are investing in the Midlands will ease congestion and improve journeys across the region.”
Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Pizzey said:
“It’s great that we’re able to open this section of this extremely important route so early in the summer season and ahead of our original schedule.
“Traffic management will be lifted from the road overnight, with the last of it due to be removed in the early hours of tomorrow (Thurs 11 June).
“We hope that all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, will benefit from the changes in the urban section, experiencing shorter journey times and a safer environment to travel in.