Major £18 million investment for A614 set to improve access and boost Nottinghamshire economy
Nottinghamshire's economy is set to benefit from a major new road investment following today's government announcement.
£18 million worth of funding is set to improve the A614 at six junctions between Ollerton to Lowdham, unlocking the untapped economic potential of North Nottinghamshire.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, who was at today’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham where the announcement was made, welcomed the news. She said,
“Nottinghamshire County Council has worked hard with colleagues in Midlands Connect, together with invaluable support from local MPs Ben Bradley and Mark Spencer to press the Government for this major new investment to improve access along the A614.
"We are delighted with today’s announcement as it shows what we can do as a local Council, punching above our weight in partnership with Government. And we are the only County in the Midlands to secure this type of funding today.
“This funding will open up fantastic new opportunities for the county, bringing new jobs, housing and infrastructure to local communities and businesses.
“The A614 corridor is the spine of the county with new housing developments planned in Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Blidworth so this investment is crucial to help meet these increasing demands as these are areas where even more of our residents what to live and work.
“The improvements will also give better access to key tourism sites such as the Nottinghamshire County Council-owned Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest County Park.”
Midlands Connect's Maria Machancoses said:
"We're delighted that Nottinghamshire is to benefit from this first tranche of early funding for the new Major Road Network; this is a shovel ready scheme that will boost the local economy.
"We worked closely with the county council to make sure the government considered this proposal, and our focus now is on ensuring the rest of the Midlands benefits from a long term pipeline of funding that the Major Road Network will provide."
Notes to editors
Improvements are planned along the A614 / A6097 from Ollerton to Lowdham
Plans include A614 / A616/ A6075 Ollerton roundabout and the A614 / Mickledale Lane and A614/ Eakring Road junctions.