Press release

Traffic to start using new section of A453

Traffic using the A453 in Nottinghamshire is to be switched to a new section of road from next week as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing improvements.

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A new roundabout on the southern side of West Leake junction is due to be completed on Tuesday 25 March.

From 8pm that night, the A453 will be closed between West Leake junction and Parkway junction to enable a new temporary tie in to be completed.

When the road reopens by 5.30am on Wednesday 26 March all A453 traffic will be diverted on to the new westbound exit and entry slips at West Leake and the new southern roundabout. Temporary road markings will allow the slip roads to operate as a two way road.

Highways Agency assistant project manager Asad Khan said:

Diverting traffic on to the new roundabout will allow us to excavate a cutting for the new dual carriageway on the east side of West Leake junction and to construct the new eastbound slip roads. It’s another important milestone in the dualling of the A453.

We advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys during the overnight closure and to take care and pay attention to the new road layout.

The new layout will be in operation for approximately seven months.

During the overnight closure on 25 March through traffic will be diverted from M1 junction 24 to junction 25 and along the A52 to its junction with the A453, or vice versa.

The £150 million Highways Agency scheme to widen a seven-mile section of the A453 between M1 junction 24 in Leicestershire and the A52 in Nottinghamshire, will unlock growth and boost the economy as well as reduce congestion and improve safety.

The Highways Agency will upgrade the 5.5 mile rural section of the A453 from M1 Junction 24 to the new roundabout at the edge of Clifton to become a dual carriageway, with 2 free flow junctions in order to minimise disruption on the A453.

The 1.5mile urban section of the scheme from the new Mill Hill roundabout to the A52 east of Clifton, will be a four lane carriageway (two lanes in each direction), built on the existing road alignment. Traffic lights will be provided at the existing Crusader Roundabout, new roundabouts at Green Lane and Farnborough Road, and an improved access to Nottingham Trent University.

People can register for updates on the Highways Agency’s website or call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer

Published 24 March 2014