The A614/A6097 Major Road Network (MRN) Corridor is an 18-mile single carriageway that is home to several popular tourist attractions including Major Oak, Centre Parcs and Sherwood Forest. The improvement scheme consists of six junction upgrades between Ollerton and the A6097/Kirk Hill junction, East Bridgford with the aims of reducing congestion and journey stress, as well as better connecting towns within Nottinghamshire.
The scheme will also improve walking and cycling facilities at a number of junctions, encouraging active travel and enhancing pedestrian as well as vehicle user experience.
Reduce congestion: Reduce congestion and journey stress, whilst also improving journey time reliability.
Improve connectivity: Support connectivity between major towns across Nottinghamshire.
Support tourism: Enhance the experience of tourists, almost 5 million of whom made a trip to the area in 2019.
Provide new jobs and homes: Facilitate the full delivery of major development sites along the corridor, increasing housing and employment opportunities.
Improve the environment: Improve noise levels and reduce level of harmful emissions being emitted into the air.
In summer 2018, Midlands Connect were asked by the Department for Transport (DfT) to submit MRN schemes that could be delivered in the early part of 2020 – 2025. This scheme was part of our submission and in Autumn 2018, it was announced that the scheme had been successful subject to going through the required business case stages.
In June 2021, the DfT approved the Outline Business Case and granted Programme Entry for the project. The DfT would contribute £24.6 million towards its delivery, subject to approval of the next business case.
Nottinghamshire County Council is now developing a Full Business Case. Construction of the scheme is expected to start in Spring 2023, with the works taking approximately three years to complete.