A46 Newark to Widmerpool Improvement

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   June 2009
End date:  End Summer 2012


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

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

Cost:  £362 million


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 Current Progress

The new 17-mile A46 Newark to Widmerpool route in Nottinghamshire has opened to traffic and is in use as a two lane dual carriageway or with single lane running. We are now undertaking landscaping, verge and channel repair and signage and lighting works in order to fully complete the project. Some of these works may require lane closures; you can find current details and diversion routes under Journey Impact.

Part 1 Claims

You can claim compensation under Part I of the Land Compensation Act 1973 ('the Act') if you own and also occupy property that has been reduced in value by more than £50 by physical factors caused by the use of a new or altered road. See Part 1 Notice.

Draft Supplementary Orders 2011 and Public Inquiry

Draft Supplementary Orders were published on 12 May 2011. A Public Inquiry into the Draft Supplementary Orders was held in  2011 and 2012. Copies of the Draft Compulsory Purcharse Order, Side Roads Order, Detrunking Order and the Public Notices are available under Publications. See the Public Inquiry website.

The Inpectors Report and decision letter were published on 4th  June 2013 and are available for viewing on the Department for Transport website at:

The A46 Trunk Road (Newark to Widmerpool Improvement and Slip Roads) Margidunum Roundabout (Detrunking) Order 2013

The Detrunking Order for Margidunum Roundabout was published on the 15th August 2013. You can view the Order at the following website:
http://​www​.legislation​.gov​.uk/​u​k​s​i​/​2​0​1​3​/​1​9​3​0​/​m​ade

A copy of the Public Notice is available on the publications page.

What is happening?

We are constructing a new 17 miles long two-lane dual carriageway from the A606 two level junction at Widmerpool to an improved roundabout at Farndon, just south of Newark.

Each carriageway consists of two traffic lanes with a vertical concrete safety barrier along the whole length of the central reserve. New two-level junctions have been provided at Roehoe, Owthorpe, Stragglethorpe, Saxondale, Margidunum, Red Lodge, Flintham and Lodge Lane. The roundabouts at Stragglethorpe, Saxondale, Margidunum and Farndon have been lit.

We have also provided lighting on the new roundabout at the junction between Lodge Lane and the existing A46. Some sections of the existing A46 have been retained for use by local traffic and some sections will be downgraded for use by cyclists, walkers and horse riders and for private means of access.

When and where is this happening?

The main construction works began in July 2009 and the road opened officially to traffic on 15 June 2012. The A46 is an important regional trunk road connecting the East and West Midlands. The section between Widmerpool and Newark carries between 16200 and 25300 vehicles per day, of which up to 15% are heavy goods vehicles.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

This level of traffic on this route gives rise to frequent congestion and delay. The road had a poor safety record - between 2001 and 2005 there were 13 fatal, 56 serious and 222 slight accidents.

The A46 generally follows the line of the old Roman Road, Fosse Way and the straight yet undulating nature of the original road and the many junctions and accesses to fields, farms and houses made safe overtaking difficult. Bridleways and footpaths join and cross this section of the A46 but walkers, cyclists and horse-riders found it difficult to cross because of the traffic.

The scheme budget was £358m to £409m. The estimated final cost is £362 million. A business case for the scheme can be found under Publications.

How will the scheme be carried out?

As a major engineering project around 5,200 people have been involved in this scheme. During the scheme we have:

  • Diverted 210 different utilities, a third of which fell within a 900-metre stretch of land at Flintham
  • Used 110 different pieces of earth-moving equipment to move 2.4 million cubic metres of earth and digging 50 km of ditches
  • Created over 8,000 design drawings
  • Built 23 bridges, using a total of 20,000 cubic metres of concrete and 3,000 tonnes of steel
  • Laid 650,000 tonnes of surfacing and 144 km of drainage pipes
  • Painted 129 miles of white lines
  • Installed over 251 lighting columns and 16 miles (26km) of street lighting cables
  • Planted 600,000 separate plants - for more information on the environment see Environmental Impact

To keep disruption to a minimum we are working during the day whenever possible, using well maintained, modern equipment to minimise dust and noise. Consultation was carried out with Environmental Health Officers to agree working hours and permitted noise. Diversion routes are agreed with local authorities and the police and clearly signed.

At the start of works we registered with the Considerate Constructor's Scheme. During the life of the project the A46 has been monitored on 8 occasions, and our scores put the project in the top half per cent of registered CCS sites within the UK.

What are the benefits?

The improvement will reduce congestion, improve safety and provide a bypass for East Stoke and Farndon. Before construction started, the average daily traffic flow along the route was 25,000 vehicles per day. This is expected to rise to 36,000 by 2031. However, journey times are expected to improve by up to 17 minutes as a result of the A46 improvements.

The improvement is predicted to save 1983 personal injury accidents and 62 fatalities over the next 60 years.  It has also eliminated community severance by providing bypasses for Farndon and East Stoke.

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.

Did you know?

  • In October 2011 a section of unopened road between Lodge Lane, Syerston, and Farndon, was used to stage the A46 Highway Hobble, a 10km run and walk which raised more than £26,000 for charity.
  • The railway bridge was put into place during three days over Christmas 2010. Contractors worked 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day, in temperatures as low as -15 degrees to get the job done. Over 700 members of the public came to see the installation and time-lapse footage of this is on our YouTube channel at http://​bit​.ly/​z​s​9​ser

What works are outstanding now the road is open to traffic?

  • Installation of technology systems, CCTV cameras and Network Diversionary Route signs will be on-going until completion in summer 2012
  • Verge works and planting
  • Sections of the old A46, which will be returned to NCC as county roads, will have the street lighting and signage removed.
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?

We are currently undertaking works to complete the project now that the road itself has been opened.

If these require road closures details will appear here.

Works are weather-dependant and may have to be cancelled at short notice. We have given guidance on how much extra time to allow - please be aware that these are approximate and act as a guideline only. This information is not updated in real time; please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. 

How will you manage traffic?

There will be 40mph speed restrictions to all side roads on approaches to A46 works areas. Where lane closures are required to complete small sections of works, the 40mph speed limit will temporarily be in place. The 40mph speed restriction remains in place along the A52 either side of the A46.

Will there be diversions?

During the closure of the southbound entry slip road at Owthorpe Junction, the signed diversion route will be via the A46 northbound to Stragglethorpe Junction and returning on the southbound carriageway.

During the closure of the southbound entry slip road at Widmerpool Junction, the signed diversion route will be via the A46 northbound to Owthorpe Junction and returning on the southbound carriageway.

During the closure of the southbound exit slip road at Widmerpool Junction, the signed diversion route will be via the A46 to the Upper Broughton / Nottingham Raceway Junction and returning on the northbound carriageway.

Conservation of local environments is an essential part of any improvement scheme. Protection of local wildlife is a priority for us, as is making sure no long term environmental damage is caused. We have also been keen to recycle. Spoil from Lafarge's quarry at Mount Sorrel was used as a base layer for the road. Crushed glass has been used as a filter medium for some of the drainage. Concrete from within the scheme corridor has been crushed and re-used. The road surfacing material from the old A46 and the side roads has been re-used within the foundations for either new tracks or the new A46. Since August 2010 zero waste has been sent to landfill. Anything that could not be sorted and segregated into one of 15 different waste streams for recycling was sent for use as a fuel at a Worksop cement manufacturing plant.  The cement was then used on the project. An Appraisal Summary Table can be accessed under Publicationsand is a summary of key consequences relating to the environmental, economic and social impacts of this scheme.

Noise

We have surfaced the carriageways using low noise surfacing to minimise tyre noise on the road.

Ecology

team of ecologists and landscape architects were brought in at the start of the project to supervise vegetation clearance and conduct ecological surveys. The surveys included:

  • Checking trees for bat roosts
  • Surveying buildings in the scheme area for owls and other wildlife before they are demolished
  • Water sampling in order to maintain water quality throughout the project
  • Identifying and relocating species rich hedgerows

Qualified ecologists ensured current standards were met, this is important to make certain we are not causing irreversible or lasting damage.

Wildlife

Mammals

We created 15 mammal tunnels under the road to allow local wildlife safe routes of passage.

Birds

During the site clearance in 2009 we paid close attention to the limitations created by breeding birds. Ecologists checked each location for nesting birds before any vegetation was cut down. Site clearance on occasion was halted if necessary and only restarted once the breeding birds have left the nest.

Great Crested Newts

We translocated Great Crested Newt populations along with other amphibious life under a Protected Species Licence from Natural England. The relocation was to ponds outside the scheme area so they were not affected by the works.

Bats

Temporary bat flight wires were put up across the scheme corridor (not just Moor Lane area) to allow bats to navigate. Once the new hedges are established these will be removed. We have provided 98 bat boxes and a bat house.

Landscape

During the scheme we have:

  • Planted more than 33 hectares of woodland to replace the six hectares lost
  • Created nearly 60 hectares of grassland to replace the 32 hectares lost
  • Planted nearly 20 miles (32km) of hedgerow to replace the 19 miles (31km) lost
  • Approximately 600,000 separate plants have been used in the replacement planting

Heritage

More than 90 archaeologists were involved in a nine-month investigation period (up to 60 at one time) and uncovered a total of 58,849 separate items. The A46 follows the route of the old Roman Fosse Way. However, items found within the scheme corridor were not only from the Roman period (AD 45 to 5th century) but also Anglo Saxon (AD 596 to AD 697) , Iron Age (400 BC to 43 AD), Prehistoric (10,000 BC to 43 AD) and Late Upper Palaeolithic (approx 12,000 BC). You can see the pictures on our flickr page:  A46 Newark to Widmerpool archaeology gallery A Roman well discovered near the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Margidunum was carefully excavated and rebuilt in Bingham as a reminder of the town's heritage. Once catalogued, other finds will be donated to local museums.

ActivityDate
Public Consultation and ExhibitionsMarch - April 2003
Contract Awarded to Balfour Beatty (Civil Engineering Ltd)March 2004
Preferred Route AnnouncementJuly 2005
Environmental Statement and Draft Orders Published (withdrawn)December 2005
Public ExhibitionsJanuary 2006
Environmental Statement and Draft Orders republishedJanuary 2007
Public InquirySeptember 2007
Inspectors ReportFebruary 2008
Scheme was included in Governments Fiscal Stimulus initiativeNovember 2008
Made Orders PublishedJanuary 2009
Advanced Works CommenceMarch 2009
Draft Suplementary Orders PublishedApril 2009
Start of Works Ceremony and ExhibitionsJune/July 2009
Construction BeginsJuly 2009
Public Inquiry into Supplementary OrdersJanuary/February/April 2010
Inspector's Report and Secretaries of State decision letterJuly 2010
Made Supplementary Orders publishedOctober 2010
Further Draft Supplementary Orders (No.1) published May 2011
Public Inquiry into Supplementary Orders No. 1 Nov 2011
Scheme opens to trafficJune 2012
Road Opening Ceremony15 June 2012

Leaflet

Legal

The A46 Trunk Road (Newark to Widmerpool Improvement and Slip Roads) Margidunum Roundabout (Detrunking) Order 2013
The Detrunking Order for Margidunum Roundabout was published on the 15th August 2013.
A46 Newark to Widmerpool Improvement - The Nottinghamshire County Council (Various Highways) (Temporary Prohibitions) Continuation NO. 2 Order 2009
The Nottinghamshire County Council (Various Highways) (Temporary Prohibitions) Continuation NO. 2 Order 2009

Newsletter

Report

Which roads have been closed?

The following roads have been permanently closed:

  • Laming Gap Lane
  • Station Road, Widmerpool
  • Closes Side Lane, East Bridgford
  • Occupation Lane, East Bridgford
  • Slacks Lane, Kneeton
  • Elston Lane, Elston
  • Millfield Lane, Thorpe

Which footpaths have been closed and when will they become available again?

Many of the lengths of footpaths / bridleways have been in place for some time but on safety grounds could not be open.  The points where they connect to junctions at either end were not completed.  These rights of way will, over the next few months, gradually become safe for use and will be re-opened.  The following footpaths have been closed - See Notice (35KB PDF):

  • Owthorpe Restricted Byway (also known as Herrywell Lane), from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 55 yards in a south easterly direction.
  • Cotgrave Restricted Byway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 55 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • East Bridgford Restricted Byway (also known as Springdale Lane), for a distance of 1/3 of a mile in a north westerly direction.
  • East Bridgeford Restricted Byway (also known as Closes Side Lane), from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 220 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Car Colston Restricted Byway (also known as New Lane), from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards in a south easterly direction.
  • East Bridgeford Restricted Byway (also known as Occupation Lane), from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 275 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Syerston Byway (also known as Longhedge Lane), from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 110 yards in a south easterly direction. Stanton on the Wolds Bridleway , from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 220 yards in a westerly direction.
  • Kinoulton Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards in an easterly direction.
  • Owthorpe Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 110 yards in an easterly direction.
  • Owthorpe Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards in a south easterly direction.
  • Cotgrave Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 110 yards in a westerly direction.
  • Saxondale Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Bingham Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 220 yards in a south easterly direction.
  • East Bridgford Bridleway, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 875 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Stanton on the Wolds Footpath, betweens its junctions with Stanton on the Wolds Footpath No.7 and A46 Fosseway.
  • Owthorpe Footpath, From its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 110 yards in a north easterly direction.
  • Owthorpe Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards  in a south easterly direction.
  • Cropwell Bishop Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 220 yards in a north easterly direction.
  • Cropwell Bishop Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards in a north easterly direction.
  • Cropwell Bishop Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards  in a north easterly direction.
  • Shelford Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 110 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Shelford Footpath, between its junctions with Newton Lane and A46 Fosseway.
  • East Bridgford Footpath, from its junction with East Bridgford Footpath No.24A for a distance of 110 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • East Bridgford Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 550 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • East Bridgford Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 275 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Screveton Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 110 yards in a south easterly direction.
  • Kneeton Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 55 yards in a north westerly direction.
  • Flintham Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 55 yards in an easterly direction.
  • Elston Footpath, from its junction with Lodge Lane for a distance of 330 yards  in a south westerly direction.
  • Farndon Footpath, from its junction with Thorpe Footpath No.1 for a distance of 250 yards in a northerly direction.
  • Cropwell Butler Footpath, between its junctions with A46 Fosseway and the A52 Road (near Saxondale Village).
  • Saxondale Footpath, from its junction with A46 Fosseway for a distance of 164 yards  in a north westerly direction.