Ollerton rat-runs ‘improve’

IMPROVEMENTS to Ollerton roundabout have helped reduce the amount of traffic using nearby streets as ‘rat runs’, according to Nottinghamshire County Council.

The work included creating an additional lane to the A616 Ollerton Road and making one of them left turn only. Pedestrians have benefited from a crossing point and an additional length of pavement on Ollerton Road.

The scheme also saw the widening of Wellow Road between Bescar Lane and Back Lane and the installation of a bus stop on Back Lane to create a new route for buses.

Since the improvements were made, queues on the approach from Ollerton to the roundabout have reduced dramatically.

“The scheme has done what we hoped it would do in that traffic which was cutting through the village using Station Road and Main Street is now using the main A614 and A616 roads, with more people using the roundabout,” said Coun Richard Jackson, the County Council’s transport and highways portfolio holder.

“Overall, the improvements have seen a daily reduction of 36 per cent in two-way traffic using Station Road and a reduction of 23 per cent on Main Road.”

“The County Council is continuing to work with residents in Ollerton village to look at ways of further improving the traffic situation there.”