A453 Widening M1-A52

Scheme outline

Upgrade of the existing single two-lane route, which forms the main gateway into Nottingham from the South and the West Midlands. The route will be mostly dual two-lane with grade separated junctions, but reduces briefly to single four-lane approaching Clifton where land space is restricted. This last section will have at-grade roundabout junctions. Grade separated junctions will serve Ratcliffe Power Station, Barton-in-Fabis, and a potential Park and Ride site. The dualled section will terminate at Crusader Roundabout. Construction may now include construction or provision for a tram or rail line to East Midlands Airport.

This scheme was put on indefinite hold in May 2010 as part of the coalition government's spending cuts, and revived in the 2012 Budget.

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2013 - 2015
Other upgrade
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Central Government


14 March 2006

Local media reports that an announcement about the selected contractor is imminent, but a public inquiry will still be necessary.

14 January 2007

Laing O'Rourke is appointed to develop the proposals.

29 January 2009

The Highways Agency have today published draft Orders for the improvement. Public exhbitions are to be held in February.

28 May 2009

The Public Enquiry is now to be held in November 2009.

20 August 2009

A pre-enquiry meeting is to be held on 14 September 2009.

24 September 2009

The public enquiry is now due to start on 10 November 2009.

9 November 2009

According to BBC East Midlands Today the Public Enquiry starts tomorrow (10/11/2009) and will include reviewing twelve alternative routes between Thrumpton and the A52 that were suggested by members of the public.

24 May 2010

These plans have now been shelved as part of spending cuts at the Department for Transport.

6 November 2010

Following the comprehensive spending review this scheme will not proceed before 2015.

30 May 2011

Nottinghamshire County Council said it has pledged £20m to encourage the government to bring forward the widening of the A453.

28 July 2011

Business leaders and politicians from Nottinghamshire have met the Transport Secretary to push for the widening of the A453. It is now hoped the work will start 2013-14.

29 November 2011

George Osborne announces funding as part of the National Infrastructure Plan, calling the A453 upgrade one of the most important upgrades for the Midlands, but gives no date for commencement of works.

30 March 2012

The Secretary of State for Transport has approved the scheme and has given the go-ahead for the making of Orders. Construction is expected to start in early 2013.

24 May 2012

The Side Roads and Detrunking Orders were published in the London Gazette today.

2 October 2014

The north-east-bound carriageway has been completed, and construction of the south-west-bound carriageway is well underway.

3 July 2015

This road is now basically complete, just final finishing works to go.

17 July 2015

Highways England will conduct the formal opening ceremony of the scheme on 20th July, but for now cones have been lifted on both sections, with the full scheme open to traffic, with minor ancillary works remaining.

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With thanks to Kev, Michael Pritchard, Shimmy Toan and Declan Booth for information on this page.