Council welcomes £5 million boost for major roads in Mansfield and Ashfield

Major roads through Mansfield and Ashfield are to be improved after Nottinghamshire county Council was awarded £5m from the Government.

Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 4:48 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:03 pm

The Department for Transport today announced the cash for what is described as a “whole route treatment” of the A38 and A617 through Mansfield and Ashfield.

It says the improvements from the local highways maintenance challenge fund will cut traffic and boost the economy.

The cash is part of £75 million awarded nationally.

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Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for communities and place at Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“This is great news to have this £5m worth of funding approved. We can now invest and prolong the lifespan of this key, busy route which is vital to our county’s economy.

“Here in Nottinghamshire we have 2,600 miles worth of highways to maintain, so this investment was essential. This maintenance work will be carried out this financial year, working with Via East Midlands which manage the highways network on the County Council’s behalf.”

Denise Smith, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Sherwood Forest Hospitals added:

“We welcome the news of the £5m Department for Transport funding for improvements to the A38 and A617 in Mansfield and Ashfield announced today.

“The aim of the project is to reduce congestion and improve journey times along these busy roads, which should help both patients and staff to get to and from our King’s Mill Hospital site more easily. We also of course welcome anything that contributes to the local economy and infrastructure. “

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