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A453 Widening (M1 Junction 24 to A52 Nottingham)

Where was the project located?

The project was to widen the 7.5 mile (11.5km) section of the A453 between M1 junction 24 and the Farnborough Road junction on the outskirts of Nottingham.

Why was the scheme needed?

The previous single carriageway road between the M1 at junction 24 and Nottingham was one of the most heavily congested routes in the region at peak times, had a poor safety record and posed maintenance difficulties.

What work was carried out?

Rural Section

Between the M1 and the Thrumpton area, we have widened the A453 to the south by building an additional carriageway to the south of and alongside the existing road - a technique known as "parallel widening".

There are new split level junctions at Parkway junction and West Leake junction, replacing the existing at grade junctions. Between Thrumpton and Mill Hill, we have built the new dual carriageway away from the existing A453 to the south. Barton Lane (between the A453 and Nottingham Road) has been closed to traffic and has become a public bridleway and private means of access - there is no direct vehicular access to the A453. The existing A453 between Thrumpton and Mill Hill has been detrunked and has become a local distributor road, linking to the new Mill Hill roundabout and the West Leake junction, providing access for Barton in Fabis and Thrumpton.

Urban Section

Between Mill Hill and Crusader roundabout we have widened the existing road to the north, while allowing most of the existing noise mound and tree screening to be retained. Fox Covert Lane has been realigned to run parallel with the A453 to join the existing road and link into the new Mill Hill roundabout.

Crusader roundabout has been remodelled and is controlled by traffic signals. At Green Lane junction we have widened the A453 to the south to avoid the Village Green. The junction has become a signalised roundabout. Grasby Walk has been improved to provide a new access road to properties fronting the A453.

Between Green Lane junction and Farnborough Road junction, we have widened the existing road to the north. The south entrance to Nottingham Trent University is left-in/left-out, the middle entrance is for pedestrians and cyclists only, whilst the north entrance is signalised to allow all movements except for the right turn out.

There is a new signalised roundabout at Farnborough Road junction. All other direct vehicle accesses onto this section of the A453 are left-in/left-out only.

How did this benefit road users?

The widening scheme has improved journey times and reliability and provided a safer environment for all road users; it has also benefited businesses in southern Nottingham by providing a good quality link between Nottingham and East Midlands Airport. The scheme has been designed to improve multi-modal access, with links to East Midlands Parkway railway station and NET 2 (electric tram) park-and-ride facilities and improved facilities for local buses.

How do I find out more information ?

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.