Main work underway
The Highways Agency commenced work on widening the A453 in January 2013. The work is due to be completed by September 2015.
Whilst there will inevitably be some disruption, full closures will be kept to an absolute minimum and scheduled for off-peak travel times where possible.
For more information see the Highways Agency website.
The County Council and the local business community campaigned long and hard for its improvement, with the county council putting £20 million into the scheme. The widening scheme getting the go-ahead is fantastic news for everyone in Notts. The improvements to this vital route, combined with the planned extension to East Midlands Airport, will bring huge benefits to the Notts economy and the East Midlands as a whole.
The A453 is one of the most congested roads in the country and costs larger businesses as much as £100,000 a year because of increased fuel usage, lack of access to customers, abandoned journeys and accident costs.
To the region as a whole, it has been estimated that an improved A453 would bring a boost to the economy of £540m.
Other A453 facts and figures:
The Nottinghamshire section of the road is the second most congested part of the national road network after a short section of the M25
- Scheme to dual the road has already been subject to a public enquiry and subject to the secretary of state's decision would effectively be 'ready to go'
Without the widening scheme, it is forecast that up to 30,000 vehicles a day will travel along the route by 2027, making congestion even worse
In the five years up to October 2010, there were 185 accidents involving personal injury on just the Nottinghamshire part of the A453.
The current timeline for work is as follows:
- work commenced in January 2013
- the new Mill Hill Roundabout accessing NET2 was completed in September 2013
- completion of the section through Clifton (also known as the 'urban section') is due for completion by Spring 2015
- full scheme completion by September 2015.
The cost of the scheme is estimated to be between of £141m and £194m, with Nottinghamshire County Council contributing £20m and Rushcliffe Borough Council £500,000.
As well as dealing with long-standing congestion and safety problems on the A453, the scheme will improve access to East Midlands Parkway station and the Enterprise Zone at Beeston.
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