Work on a major £2.4m road improvement scheme aimed at reducing congestion in Worksop and bringing a boost to the town centre is due to begin next month.
The scheme will see traffic signals introduced at the Millhouse roundabout which links the A57, A60, B6024 Newcastle Avenue and St Annes Drive, between the M1 motorway and the A1(M).
Council chiefs said improvements will not only make journey times better for commuters but will also help “unlock” 75 hectares of land which could be used to boost employment in the town.
The scheme follows a transport and regeneration study of Worksop which was carried out jointly by Nottinghamshire County Council and Bassetlaw District Council
Work is due to begin on Monday, February 15 and is due to last for 32 weeks. The project is being jointly funded by the County Council and D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Advanced work begins on the scheme this week.
“This project will bring many benefits to Worksop, including helping to reduce congestion and improve journey times,” said Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee.
“It will also boost the town’s appeal for businesses to locate to and help attract developers to create new residential sites.
“The increase in available employment land has the potential to host up to 4,900 jobs in the town and, indirectly, generate around 1,100 more with the associated increase in trade and retail footfall.
“It is expected that this will also help accelerate housing growth, creating up to 1,600 homes.”
An illustration of the proposed works is available on the County Council’s website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/millhouseroundaboutNWG