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£5m to be spent on improving roads around Kings Mill hospital - A38

A major road junction in Nottinghamshire will have a £5m upgrade - a move which has been welcomed by the nearby hospital.

The junction of the A38 and A617 - used as a key route to the M1 and the A1 - will benefit from the regeneration.

The funds were awarded to Nottinghamshire County Council as part of a national project which will see 19 councils across the country receive a total of £75m investment for essential road maintenance.


Works on the road - which runs alongside King's Mill Hospital - include junction improvements, repairs and resurfacing, flood resilience measures, and improved drainage.

The move was announced today by transport minister Jesse Norman, and welcomed by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs King's Mill Hospital.
Denise Smith, deputy chief operating officer at the trust said: “We welcome the news of the £5m Department for Transport funding for improvements to the A38 and A617 in Mansfieldand 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. “
Local authorities, including the county council, were challenged to put forward schemes which could make a real difference to road users.

These new road improvements aim to cut congestion, reduce journey times and improve reliability - as well as helping to support local businesses and boost economic growth.
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."

The funds awarded are part of the £6.1 billion being provided to local highway authorities in England - between 2015 to 2016 and 2020 to 2021 - to help keep Britain moving and the economy growing.

Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “We are taking the big decisions for Britain’s future by investing in the infrastructure the country needs and ensuring motorists have the well maintained roads they expect and deserve.

“This investment will enable councils to repair roads and key infrastructure like bridges – boosting reliability on our roads so people can stay connected with family, friends and employment, while also keeping businesses connected with customers.


“Most of the schemes will be delivered within the next twelve months, so many drivers will see an immediate impact."

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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