Road upgrade welcomed in East Midlands

July 22 2015  

Road upgrade welcomed in East Midlands
Regional politicians and business leaders have welcomed the official opening of a £169M upgrade to the A453 in the East Midlands by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin on Monday.
 
The project saw the road widened over 11.3km to double its capacity and improve journeys between Nottingham and the M1 and East Midlands Airport. Cost of the two and a half year scheme included £20M provided by Nottinghamshire County Council.
 
Council leader Alan Rhodes said: “The improvements to this vital route are going to bring enormous economic benefits to Nottinghamshire as a whole, as well as reducing travel time for passengers.
 
“It has been estimated that the improvements which have been made will give a £540M boost to the regional economy.”
 
East Midlands Chamber’s director of policy Chris Hobson said: “The need to improve the A453 was one of those occasions where business, the public sector, local authorities and politicians were in agreement about the benefits it would bring.”
 
The works were carried out by main contractor Laing O’Rourke and included widening of an 8.9km rural section of the A453 between the M1 junction 24 and Mill Hill roundabout to dual carriageway, with two grade separated junctions. A 2.4km urban section in Clifton – upgraded from single lane to two lanes in each direction – opened on 1 June.
 
Around 800,000m³ of earth was moved during construction and 300,000m² of surfacing laid. Project consultant WYG's director Richard Brown added that the scheme has embraced innovation with use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and pre-fabrication for bridge design.
 
♦ This week saw publication of a National Infrastructure Pipeline factsheet by Government, providing an update on the progress of projects announced as part of the National Infrastructure Plan last year.
 
At a total value of £127.4Bn over 302 planned projects and programmes, transport is the second largest sector in the pipeline.

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