Transport minister Chris Mole officially started work to widen the busy A46 in Nottinghamshire after the project was accelerated as part of the Department for Transport’s £700M fiscal stimulus package.
When the scheme is complete in 2012, four years earlier than previously planned, the 27km stretch of single carriageway between Newark and Widmerpool will have been upgraded to dual carriageway – increasing capacity and improving journey times and road safety on the link between the A1 and M1.
Mole marked the start of work near East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire: “The Department for Transport’s offer in November last year to contribute £174M of additional funding to the region for the scheme – half the estimated future cost – has allowed construction to be accelerated. This will bring a huge boost to the economy and construction industry by bringing forward the creation or safeguarding 500 jobs.
“It will also benefit road users and many businesses in the region by providing quicker, more reliable and safer journeys between three of the major economic centres in the East Midlands - Nottingham and Leicester to Newark, the A1 corridor and onwards to Lincoln.”
The work will dual the last remaining single carriageway section between M1 junction 21a north of Leicester and Newark Western Relief Road.