Junction go-ahead

Memorial Hall, High Street, Elkesley.'Highways Agency public display of new bridge options.'Picture: Stretch of A1 which shows the current Elkesley Village turn off - the central reservation.
Memorial Hall, High Street, Elkesley.'Highways Agency public display of new bridge options.'Picture: Stretch of A1 which shows the current Elkesley Village turn off - the central reservation.
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A £9.7 million scheme to improve two junctions on the A1 in Notts has been given the green light following a review.

Roads Minister Mike Penning announced that the junctions will be replaced at Elkesley, improving safety and journey time reliability.

The improvements will also give better access to Elkesley by providing links to the local road network and through-traffic will be separated from local traffic.

The national speed limit will be re-instated on this part of the A1.

Preparations for the public inquiry into the scheme, which was postponed last year ahead of the Government spending review, will resume immediately. The inquiry is likely to begin by the summer.

Work on the scheme could start next year and be finished in 2014, subject to the outcome of the inquiry.

The Government will fund the majority of the scheme, along with £250,000 contribution from Notts County Council.

“The Government is committed to delivering transport projects which improve journeys while also helping economic growth. That is why I am pleased to confirm that, after a thorough review of value for money, progress on these improvements can resume,” said Mr Penning.

“This scheme will improve journey time reliability and safety on the A1 - a vital route which links London, the south east and east coast ports with the Midlands and north of England.

Every pound invested in these improvements will deliver almost £12 in long term benefits to the economy.

“The improvements will make it easier for local residents to join and leave the A1 as well as providing an alternative route to Retford which avoids the trunk road. It will also remove some local traffic from the A1 while returning the A1 at Elkesley back to the national speed limit.”

Bassetlaw MP John Mann welcomed the annoucement.

“This is welcome news for the people of Elkesley. They are isolated by the fast moving traffic on the A1 which has been made even faster due to the roundabouts going,” he said.

“A road accident in the vicinity will stop movements either in or out of the village.”

The preferred route for the Elkesley Junctions Improvement, announced in July 2008, includes a new two-level junction and local link roads northwest of the village, and partial closure of the Twyford Lane junction east of the village.