A614/A6097 progress

An initial round of consultation was held by Nottinghamshire County Council and Via East Midlands in July and August 2019. This was followed by further virtual consultation events in November 2020 and May 2021 to gain feedback on design changes at Lowdham and Mickledale Lane junctions as well as introduce a new junction to the package: A6097/Kirk Hill signalised junction in East Bridgford.

Planning applications for the junction improvements were submitted at the end of February 2022 and planning permission was granted in September 2022. 

In June 2023 Nottinghamshire County Council announced a further £10.8 million investment into the A614/A6097 improvement scheme.  £5.8 million of this will fund further design improvements following consultation feedback and changes required to secure planning permission as well as mitigating an increase in project costs due to inflationary pressures within the construction sector at this moment in time.

Improvements to the scheme designs as part of the planning consultation process include additional measures to protect residential properties affected by the scheme, a revised drainage and landscaping strategy in Lowdham, a new Pegasus crossing, bridleway and landscaping at Kirk Hill to aid horse riders and an increased Biodiversity Net Gain mitigation scheme at Ollerton Roundabout to secure benefits for nature and wildlife habitat.

To acquire the land and rights needed to construct the A614/A6097 improvement scheme the Council made the necessary Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order on 28 September 2022.  These orders must be confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport.  A Public Local Inquiry is due to be held beginning at 10.00 am on 26th September 2023 at Clumber Park Hotel, Blyth Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3PA

What is happening with the improvements at the Mickledale Lane junction?

The County Council has removed the Mickledale Lane scheme from the DfT funded programme and the revised scheme will now be solely funded by the Council as approved by Cabinet in June 2023.  The proposal to construct a new road and roundabout at this location has been dropped and instead the existing junction will be signalised.  The anticipated cost to signalise the junction is £5m and design work is underway.  The project team will go out to consultation on this alternative approach once the design process is complete.  Traffic signals were strongly supported by local road users during the original consultation back in 2019, to create easy access to and from local villages, but were initially ruled out because of the potential detrimental impacts the proposal may have on economic case for the scheme.


What is happening with the improvements at the Deerdale Lane junction?

The improvement scheme at the A614 junction with Deerdale Lane was omitted from the Outline Business Case submission back in December 2020. This was largely down to the complexity of removing the hidden dip on the A614 close to the Deerdale

Lane junction, as well as the costs of diverting underground utilities equipment.

The significant increase in costs and disadvantages associated with signalising the junction meant that there was also a risk that the A614/A6097 MRN project no longer demonstrated that it provided value for money to Central Government.

The Deerdale Lane junction improvement scheme was shown to produce a disbenefit worth £4.5 million over the 60-year economic appraisal period. By contrast, the Ollerton roundabout scheme is calculated to bring in £24.7m worth of economic benefits (time savings etc) over the same period.

The County Council will now look at a low-cost alternative solution for this location.

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