Newark A46 bypass inquiry reveals strong support for planned major project

A public consultation on plans to create a new bypass on an A road in Nottinghamshire revealed that almost two-thirds of people strongly agree improvements are needed. National Highways is proposing to widen the A46 around Newark-on-Trent into a 6.5km dual carriageway to alleviate worsening congestion for drivers.

The A46 Newark bypass is expected to cost up to £500 million. Work on the main project is scheduled to begin in 2025.

National Highways held a public consultation on its proposals between October and December last year. More than half (54%) of the 539 respondents said they were very satisfied or satisfied with National Highways’ planned improvements to the highway, which is used by 17,000 motorists every day.

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Just over 70% of respondents said they were extremely dissatisfied or dissatisfied with the congestion levels, while 51% said they were extremely dissatisfied or dissatisfied with the current design. Phil Boffey, National Highways Senior Project Manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our public inquiry.

“Considering the views of those affected by the scheme is very important, and we’re working hard to ensure we can design and deliver a scheme that benefits everyone. Feedback has already helped inform some design changes.

“We will carry out specific consultations with those consulted by law and affected landowners. We will share more details on this soon.”

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