A453 Widening (M1 Junction 24 to A52 Nottingham)

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands

Start date:   January 2013
End date:  Between July – September 2015

Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  £150 million


Start of Works

We began construction work to widen the A453 during the week commencing the 7 January 2013. Public exhibitions about the start of works were held at Clifton Leisure Centre on the 11 and 12 of January 2013 and at the Kegworth Whitehouse Hotel on the 13 January 2013.

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Advance works

Advance works were undertaken ahead of the main construction works. These included activities such as archaeology and ecology works, fencing and site clearance.

M1 Junction 24/A50 Economy Approach

These works will now be delivered as part of the A453 works.

Noise Insulation

A link to the compulsory purchase and compensation booklets can be found below. Booklet 5 covers issues relating to noise insulation.

Part I Compensation

The Part I Claims Notice has now been published on www​.gov​.uk website for the A453 Widening scheme.  

Made Orders

The scheme Orders were made in May 2012. Copies of the Compulsory Purchase Order, Side Roads Order and the Public Notices are available under Publications.

The public inquiry decision letter and inspectors report are available for you to view on the Department for Transport website.

What is happening?

The scheme will upgrade a section of the A453 between the M1 and A52 by widening the urban section and upgrading the rural section to become a dual carriageway.

When and where is this happening?

Main construction began across the length of the scheme on 7 January 2013 and we are planning to open the scheme to traffic in summer 2015..

The scheme will widen the 5.5 mile (8.8km) rural section of the A453 from M1 junction 24 to the new Clifton Mill Hill roundabout to a dual carriageway, with grade separated junctions.

It will also widen the 1.5 mile (2.4km) urban section through Clifton from a two-lane single carriageway to a four-lane single carriageway (two lanes in each direction) with signalisation of the existing Crusader roundabout and new signalised roundabout junctions at Green Lane and Farnborough Road.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

The existing single-carriageway road between the M1 at junction 24 and Nottingham has become increasingly congested.  It carries up to 30,000 vehicles a day, has a poor safety record and poses maintenance difficulties. Widening (dualling) this section of the route has been one of the region's top priorities. The estimated outturn cost of this scheme is £150 million.

How will the scheme be carried out?

Construction will take approximately 2½ years and working methods will be designed to have the least impact on local residents.

Rural Section

Between the M1 and the Thrumpton area, we will widen 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 will be new split-level junctions at Parkway Junction and West Leake Junction, replacing the existing at grade junctions. Between Thrumpton and Mill Hill, we will build the new dual carriageway away from the existing A453 to the south. Barton Lane (between the A453 and Nottingham Road) will be closed to traffic and will become a public bridleway and private means of access - there will be no direct vehicular access to the A453. The existing A453 between Thrumpton and Mill Hill will be de-trunked and 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 will widen the existing road to the north, while allowing the most of the existing noise mound and tree screening to be retained. Fox Covert Lane will be realigned to run parallel with the A453 to join the existing road and link into the new Mill Hill Roundabout.

Crusader roundabout will be re-modelled and controlled by traffic signals. At Green Lane junction we will widen the A453 to the south to avoid the Village Green. The junction will become a signalised roundabout. Grasby Walk will be improved to provide a new access road to properties fronting the A453.

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

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

What are the benefits?

The scheme will benefit everyone using the route between the M1 and Nottingham. It will improve safety, reduce congestion and make journeys more reliable for travellers and businesses in the region.

How do I find out more information ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

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.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Yes, following the opening of the whole of the improved A453 route between Farnborough Road Junction on the outskirts of Nottingham and M1 Junction 24, there will still be some roadside activity while finishing work takes place and the site is cleared. This may necessitate some overnight lane closures and temporary speed restrictions in the coming months, with disruption kept to a minimum.

For details of the M1 Junction 24/A50 Approach Economy Scheme, please see the separate webpage for that scheme.

On the A453

The A453 is now fully open to traffic. The urban section of the route from Farnborough Road junction to Mill Hill roundabout is single four-lane carriageway with a speed limit of 40mph. The rural section of the route between Mill Hill Roundabout and M1 Junction 24 is dual carriageway, with the national speed limit of 70mph.

Highways England would like to thank all those who have been affected by the construction works over the last two and a half years for their patience and understanding.

How will you manage traffic?

The traffic management plan was developed in consultation with the local police and County and District Councils.

Will there be diversions?

No further diversions will be required for this scheme.

We are assessing our proposals for their environmental impact and will present the findings in an environmental statement which we will publish at the same time as the draft orders .

The environmental statement will show the impact of the proposals in the following areas:

  • air quality
  • traffic noise and vibration
  • cultural heritage
  • ecology and nature conservation
  • landscape, townscape and visual effects
  • road drainage & the water environment including flood risk
  • disruption due to construction
  • land use including agricultural effects
  • pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians and community effects
  • vehicle travellers
  • geology and soils
  • impact on policies and plans

We have designed the scheme to minimise any adverse effects on the local environment and would incorporate a range of measures to help lessen any impacts including:

  • earth mounds and noise fences
  • low-noise road surface
  • planting trees, shrubs and hedges common to this location
  • new habitats for wildlife and new wildlife crossing points
  • lighting at junctions and along the single 4-lane section only, designed to reduce night-time impacts
  • balancing ponds to control water pollution and rate of discharge into watercourses
  • flood compensation areas to reduce risk of flooding
  • access tracks alongside the road to reduce severance

All existing public rights of way would be retained, supplemented or diverted appropriately.

Preliminary assessment of effects of proposed scheme from M1 to Clifton
ENVIRONMENTNOISEModerate increase at houses south of Crusader roundaboutMitigation measures to reduce impacts would be provided where appropriate
AIR QUALITYNegligible changes 
LANDSCAPESlight adverse impact in relation to existing major road corridor. Likely to increase impact on the existing landscapeDualling would increase the scale of the road. Landscaping and planting proposed to reduce impact
ARCHAEOLOGICAL& HERITAGESlight adverse. The few areas with recorded remains not likely to be affected 
NATURE CONSERVATIONSome loss of hedgerows , woodland and flood meadowNew hedges would be planted, with trees on wide verges
WATERENVIRONMENTNeutral impact. Some River Soar flood plain would be required for duallingScheme design would include measures to protect water quality and flood plain
SAFETYACCIDENTSSignificant reduction in accidentsEstimated saving of 5 accidents per year. Cycling would also be safer due to dedicated facilities
ECONOMYTRANSPORT ECONOMICSShorter journey times and reduced journey costsThe existing delays would be reduced
JOURNEY TIMESJourney times would be more reliable 
ACCESSIBILITYACCESS TO THE TRANSPORT SYSTEMSlight beneficial impact on access to transport servicesThe scheme would facilitate access to the Park and Ride proposals
SEVERANCESlight beneficial impactPedestrian & cycle facilities improved. Grade-separation of junctions
INTEGRATIONLAND USE POLICYNegligible impact on land useUses existing road corridor
WORKSDISRUPTION DURING CONSTRUCTIONSlight to moderate disruption expectedGenerally two way traffic flows would be maintained during construction
Preliminary assessment of effects of proposed scheme through Clifton
ENVIRONMENTNOISESlight adverseMitigation measures to reduce impact would be provided where appropriate
AIR QUALITYSlight adverseTraffic would be closer to some properties
LANDSCAPELocalised impact at the main junctionsLandscaping and planting proposed to reduce impact
ARCHAEOLOGICAL& HERITAGESlight Adverse at Clifton GreenFew remains likely to be affected. Local impact from land take at Green Lane
NATURE CONSERVATIONLocalised loss of roadside trees and hedgeNew hedge and trees would be planted where possible
WATER ENVIRONMENTNo significant water features affectedArea largely urbanised
SAFETYACCIDENTSSignificant reduction in accidentsEstimated saving of 6 accidents per year
ECONOMYTRANSPORT ECONOMICSBenefit from reduced congestionWidened A453 could carry more traffic. Existing delays would be reduced
JOURNEY TIMESJourney times would be more reliable 
ACCESSIBILITYACCESS TO THE TRANSPORT SYSTEMSlightly beneficialRevised bus laybys and pedestrian crossings would maintain the existing levels of access. Scheme would provide improved access to proposed Parkway Station
SEVERANCESlightly beneficialExisting number of crossings would be maintained and facilities enhanced
WORKSDISRUPTION DURING CONSTRUCTIONOverall impact could be moderate to severeGenerally two way traffic flows would be maintained during construction.

Proposals to improve the A453 from M1 Junction 24 to the A52 in Nottingham were debated at Public Inquiries1990s
The scheme was reassessed as part of the Government’s Roads Review1997
Transport White Paper announcement that the scheme should be subject to further study in-line with the Government’s integrated transport policy1998
A453 Multi-Modal Study started with consultations on transport options2000
A453 Multi-Modal Study – Final Report Issued2002
Scheme included in the Highways Agency’s construction programmeMay 2004
Public Exhibitions of preliminary proposals held Sept 2004
ECI Contract let to Laing O’Rourke and their designer WYGMarch 2006
Public consultation on scheme developments since 2004June 2007
Preferred Route Announcement and Environmental Statement published with Non-Technical SummaryJan 2009
Public Inquiry heldNov 2009
Scheme deferred to await the outcome of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR)May 2010
2010 CSR deferred the scheme for a potential start in or after 2015Oct 2010
The Autumn Statement Announcement included the A453 as a ‘Growth’ scheme, with a proposed start of works in the fourth quarter of 2012/13Nov 2011
The decision into the 2009 Public Inquiry was published 29 March confirming that the scheme would proceed with some minor modificationsMarch 2012
Made Orders published on 24 MayMay 2012
Start of Advance Works including archaeological investigations, fencing and some ecological worksJuly 2012
Start of works to divert statutory utility servicesAutumn 2012
Start of WorksJanuary 2013
Completion of new Mill Hill Roundabout accessing NET2 Sept 2013
Full scheme completion Summer 2015

Business Case


A453 Widening - Exhibition Panels
A453 Widening - Exhibition Panels
A453 Widening - Objectors Alternatives No 13 - 17
Objectors Alternatives No 13 - 17a
A453 Widening - Public Consultation Exhibition Leaflet
2007 Scheme Developments (from exhibition panels)
A453 Widening - Exhibition on Preliminary Proposals (from exhibition panels)
Exhibition on Preliminary Proposals (from exhibition panels)


A453 Widening - Notice of Intention to hold a Public Inquiry and Pre-Inquiry Meeting
Notice of Intention to hold a Public Inquiry and Pre-Inquiry Meeting


A453 Widening - Newsletter - Overnight Closures - September 2013
Newsletter for the A453 Widening scheme to keep you informed on what work is currently going on and provide advance notice of overnight closures in September.



A453 Widening - Appraisal Summary Table - Preferred Route Announcement May 2004
Appraisal Summary Table - Preferred Route Announcement May 2004