ICE East Midlands supports Nottinghamshire road scheme

ICE East Midlands has welcomed plans for a Nottinghamshire road scheme. The planned £47million Newark Southern Link project will be a new four mile long road, linking the A46 (near Farndon) with the A1 (near Fernwood), with roundabout junctions at both ends.

ICE East Midlands has welcomed plans for a Nottinghamshire road scheme
ICE East Midlands has welcomed plans for a Nottinghamshire road scheme

The new road is designed to ease traffic congestion and improve journey times along the existing Newark bypass, by providing an alternative A46 to A1 route and a new River Devon crossing point. The scheme is also set to unlock development land for housing and business providing immediate access for housing and employment using 278 hectares of land, sited on the southern edge of Newark's built up area.

Phase One of the Newark Southern Link road is currently under construction, with contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd onsite. Phase Two is expected to begin in 2016. The road is due to be completed by March 2020.

Molly McKenzie, Regional Director Institution of Civil Engineers, said: "Infrastructure is vital to society and our quality of life depends on it functioning effectively. The greatest benefits are derived when transport systems are fully connected, Newark will benefit enormously from the Southern Link Road which in turn will hopefully drive inward investment. This is another example of how Civil Engineers shape our societies for the better."

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Good transport connections are not only vital for business, they improve access to potential development land, which in turn makes those spaces viable for businesses and housing developers looking for opportunities."

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Good transport connections are not only vital for business, they improve access to potential development land, which in turn makes those spaces viable for businesses and housing developers looking for opportunities."

"D2N2's Local Growth Fund allocation provides an unprecedented opportunity for the area to fund a strategic approach, to building the infrastructure needed to promote economic growth and create new jobs, which will benefit all our communities."

The £47million Newark Southern Link road project will receive £7m from D2N2. The private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community organisations promotes economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The route's cost is being funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (a public body sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government), developer Urban & Civic plc, Newark and Sherwood District Council, and D2N2.

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