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 officially opened to traffic on 15 June 2012. Work to an access at Farndon roundabout is currently undergoing additional planning prior to final construction completion. Periodic landscape aftercare work and some repair work may require lane closures; you can find details of planned road closures and diversion routes under Journey Impact.

Part 1 Claims

You can claim compensation under Part 1 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.

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 15 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

Copies of all Public Notices for this scheme are available on the publications page.

What is happening?

Main construction works began in July 2009 on 17 miles of a new two-lane dual carriageway from the A606 two level junction at Widmerpool to an improved roundabout at Farndon, south of Newark. The new road opened to traffic in March 2013 with an official opening ceremony on 15 June 2013.

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.

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 had lighting installed.

We have also provided lighting on the new roundabout at the junction between Lodge Lane and the old 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.

Some sections of the old A46 have been designated for use by local traffic and some sections will be downgraded for use by cyclists, walkers and horse riders or for private means of access.

When and where is this happening?

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Why is this happening and what will it cost?

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

The old A46 generally followed 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 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 £375 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 were 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 worked during the day whenever possible, using well maintained, modern equipment to minimise dust and noise and consulted  with Environmental Health Officers to agree working hours and permitted noise.

At the start of works we registered with the Considerate Constructors 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 Considerate Constructors Scheme sites within the UK.

What are the benefits?

The scheme 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

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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, there are works to be completed at the Farndon roundabout once the construction planning is complete.

Planned road closures and diversion route details will appear here when they are confirmed.

All 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. 

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
8 September - 18 September09:30-15:00To enable works to be carried out to a traffic information sign, temporary signals will be in operation 0930 to 1500 on the A606 east of the A46 at Widmerpool. This will affect westbound and eastbound traffic on the A606 between Widmerpool and Upper Broughton. The work has been scheduled to avoid peak times, minimising delays to road users and in addition the signals will be in use only on those days when work is taking place. We expect the work will take up to 2 weeks.10 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

The trunk road is open to traffic.

Will there be diversions?

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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 trafficMarch 2012
Official Road Opening Ceremony15 June 2012

Business Case

Supplementary (Side Roads) Order
Supplementary (Side Roads) Order

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?

Parts of the following roads have been permanently closed as part of the scheme design;

  • 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 permanently closed?

Many of the footpaths and bridleways have been in place for some time but on safety grounds could not remain open. Many of the rights of way which were closed during construction have reopened as it became safe to do so.  The following footpaths have been closed permanently  - 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.