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A1 improvements get green light

Transport minister Tom Harris has announced details of a £7.75 million scheme to improve local access and safety on the A1 at Elkesley in Nottinghamshire.

The preferred route for the A1 Elkesley Junctions Improvement Scheme includes new side roads, a bridge, associated slip roads and the diversion of a local road.

Mr Harris said: “The new junction, which complements recent improvements at the nearby A1 Apleyhead junction, will make this part of the A1 safer and more convenient for drivers by separating through-traffic from local traffic.”

A new bridge will carry the local link road over the A1. A roundabout and slip roads on the north side of the A1 will cater for traffic joining or leaving the A1 southbound.

For traffic joining or leaving the A1 northbound, new slip roads will be built northwest of the current High Street junction.

A new access road will be built on the north side of Coalpit Lane between the new High Street slip roads and the bridge link to reduce the effect of traffic on residents in Coalpit Lane and Pepperly Rise.

This work, to be carried out under an agreement with Nottinghamshire County Council, will relieve the residential part of Coalpit Lane of all through traffic and allow it to be converted into a cul-de-sac.