Monday, April 15, 2024

The Secretary of State for Transport signs off Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Road Orders for A614

A multimillion-pound scheme to improve five junctions along the A614/A6097 corridor edges one step closer following confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase (CPO) and Side Road (SRO) Orders for the scheme from the Secretary of State for Transport.

Nottinghamshire County Council is now in a position to formally secure land at Ollerton Roundabout, Lowdham Roundabout and Kirk Hill, East Bridgford as well as temporary rights of access to facilitate construction of the new areas of highway along the major road network.

Whilst plans have been designed to minimise the amount of land needed and use land that is already owned by the council, 57 plots of land will be required, of which 19 are owned by private individuals.

Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Councillor Ben Bradley MP, said: “This is fantastic news for Nottinghamshire. We’re already negotiating with landowners to try and acquire the necessary land and rights by agreement where possible and I’m pleased to say that negotiations have so far been very positive. I’m thankful to those landowners for working with us.

“Now the legal processes have been formally signed off, we can move to purchase the land needed in preparation for work to start, which I’m delighted to say should be early Autumn, subject to Government approval.”

The scheme, funded by the Department for Transport (DFT) and Nottinghamshire County Council, is a key element of the council’s strategy to improve local and regional connectivity and support growth and investment in the area.

Councillor Keith Girling, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Asset Management at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Improving access to training and jobs and helping businesses to move goods more efficiently is central to making the county’s economy stronger.

“Residents will be able to view the latest plans, find out more and meet the contractors at events in the summer.”

Sherwood MP, Mark Spencer said: “I’m delighted that we are making progress with the A614 improvements. The residents of Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Edwinstowe have waited long enough. I’m grateful to the County Council for all their help.”

The works are expected to last 24 months and it is anticipated that improvements to Ollerton Roundabout will be complete and open to traffic by November 2026. Improvements to Mickledale Lane junction will be progressed separately and funded by the council at a cost of approximately £5m.

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