Chance to have a say on plans for new A46 bypass
Residents and road users are invited to have their say on designs for a new multi-million-pound bypass that will tackle congestion along a crucial trade corridor through the East Midlands.
National Highways plan to upgrade a stretch of single carriageway on the A46 in Nottinghamshire which is used by, on average, 17,000 drivers every day as the key Trans-Midlands Trade Corridor connecting the M5 with the Humber Ports.
The proposed A46 Newark Bypass will create a continuous dual carriageway from Lincoln to Warwick which will have national significance for travel and the economy as well as easing congestion on the outskirts of Newark.
In February, National Highways announced its preferred route for the bypass – Option 2 Modified – which incorporated many suggestions from the local communities amassed during extensive consultation. This included taking the route further away from the village of Winthorpe.
Since then, more discussions have taken place which have helped National Highways further shape designs to upgrade the road between Farndon and Winthorpe roundabouts.
A public consultation is now being launched on the latest design and will run from Wednesday 26 October to Monday 12 December.
National Highways Senior Project Manager, Phil Boffey, said:
“We know how important this upgrade is for local communities and businesses as well as the national transport situation. It will bring safer and more reliable journeys and tackle the congestion currently experienced on this busy stretch – which is only going to increase in the coming years if we don’t take action.
“But it is very important to us that the views of road users and local communities are fully considered in the delivery of this scheme. We want insight from people on the potential impact our scheme may have on their journeys and their communities.
“I would urge people to come along to our events to find out more about the plans or visit the website and give us that essential feedback as we move forward with this important scheme.”
National Highways has awarded Skanska the contract to deliver the bypass and the company, with design partner Mott MacDonald, will undertake the design and construction of the scheme.
The proposals include:
A flyover junction at Cattle Market with the A46 elevated to pass over the roundabout. This will separate through traffic from local traffic improving safety for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists
Winthorpe junction will be enlarged to a five-arm roundabout with traffic lights to connect the new A46 link
A short section of new dual carriageway over the A1, including slip roads to Brownhills roundabout and a new bridge to the north of the existing A46 bridge over the A1.
A new single lane carriageway between Friendly Farmer and Winthorpe roundabouts providing links to the A17, A1 and Newark.
Adding traffic lights to Farndon junction to improve flows during peak hours
A series of information events are taking place in the local area setting out the scheme design with members of the project team available to answer any questions. The events are taking place as follows:
29 October, 9am to 5pm, Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, NG24 2NY
30 October, 9am to 4pm, Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, NG24 2NY
8 November, 3pm to 8pm, Farndon Memorial Hall, Marsh Lane, Farndon, NG24 3SZ
9 November, 11am to 4pm, Newark Town Hall, Market Place, Newark, NG24 1DU
10 November, 3pm to 8pm, Bridge Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Newark-on-Trent, NG24 2DQ
12 November, 12 noon to 5pm, Winthorpe Community Centre, 16 Woodlands, Winthorpe, NG24 2NL
15 November, 3pm to 8pm, The Fox Inn, Main Street, Newark-on-Trent, NG23 5QP
19 November, 10am to 2pm, Newark Market Place, Newark, NG24 1DU
20 November, 10am to 2pm, Northgate Retail Park, Lincoln Road, Northgate, NG24 1GA
30 November, 11am to 4pm, Newark Town Hall, Market Place, Newark, NG24 1DU
From 26 October, consultation response forms can be completed online at www.nationalhighways.co.uk/a46-newark-bypass, returned at the consultation events, sent by email to A46newarkbypass@nationalhighways.co.uk or by post using the address: Freepost A46 NEWARK BYPASS
Details of the proposals will be available on the scheme webpage from 26 October at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/a46-newark-bypass
Feedback from the public consultation will help to define the final design which will be submitted in an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO). This is made to the Planning Inspectorate who examine the application and then make a recommendation to the Transport Secretary who decides whether the scheme will go ahead or not.