Blackspot junction re-opened after revamp

THE GREEN light has been given to drivers after a traffic-lights project to ease a bottleneck road-junction near Papplewick was completed — four weeks ahead of schedule.

Notts County Council has spent £490,000 improving the Forest Lane and the A60 Nottingham-to-Mansfield junction, which is one of the busiest in the county.

Before work started, surveys recorded queues on Forest Lane of more than 60 vehicles and delays of more than 20 minutes during the rush hour.

Driver frustration caused by the delays also contributed to a higher-then-normal rate of accidents at the junction. A total of 17 smashes, in which injuries were caused, were recorded between 2004 and 2010.

Most of the accidents involved drivers turning right from Forest Lane and colliding with vehicles on the A60.

During the works, the junction was closed off and motorists were hit by more congestion as they followed diversions.

But it is now open in advance of the proposed date of Monday January 9.

Coun Richard Jackson (Con), the county council’s lead member for transport and highways, said: “I am delighted that the work has finally been completed. The fact that it has been done ahead of schedule is not only a bonus to motorists who use this junction but is also testament to the hard work and professionalism of the county council’s highways team who worked on it.

“The upgrade to the junction will improve the flow of traffic there and should drastically reduce the number of accidents on this stretch of the A60.”

The county council contributed £170,000 from its Local Transport Plan budget to the £490,000 scheme, while £320,000 came from the government’s Growth Point Initiative, which is designed to provide support to local communities while assisting large-scale and sustainable growth, including new housing.