Major Hucknall road to be closed in phases for four months from this summer

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A large section of Watnall Road in Hucknall is to be either partly – or fully – closed for four months from the end of June.

The section of Watnall Road in question runs from its junction from the A611 Hucknall Bypass to its junction with Nabbs Lane.

The closures, for work to reconstruct the existing footway and carriageway for development works, will run from June 24 to November 23.

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But local residents and motorists are already up in arms about the plans, fearing they will cause traffic chaos, especially with major roadworks also set to take place on Moor Bridge roundabout between Hucknall Lane and Moor Bridge Road this autumn too.

Watnall Road will be closed, in phases, for four months from the end of June. Photo: GoogleWatnall Road will be closed, in phases, for four months from the end of June. Photo: Google
Watnall Road will be closed, in phases, for four months from the end of June. Photo: Google

In the first phase, Watnall Road will be closed for 24 hours a day to north east-bound traffic from June 24 to October 24.

The second phase will see the road closed, again for 24 hours a day, to south west-bound traffic from October 24 to November 18.

The final phase will see the whole road closed from 8pm to 6am each day from November 18 to 23.

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During closure periods a diversion route will run from Hucknall Bypass along Wood Lane, Common Lane and Nabbs Lane, and vice-versa.

However, several residents have questioned why the diversion route is not running along Dorey Way through the Rolls-Royce estate.

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And on your Dispatch’s Facebook page, many took the chance to express their concerns.

Roy Walters wrote: “It’s barmy now at tea time and in a morning, suppose this is because of what they are building up here, they keep building everywhere but don't care a stuff about more traffic it creates.”

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Gerard Judd said: “That’s nuts diverting that much traffic down roads with speed bumps and two major crossings for kids heading to and from school. I predict chaos.”

Bazil The Bikeman posted: “A ludicrous plan, both for all residents and for businesses. Nobody's queuing on Nabbs Lane when there's an obvious rat run up Hillcrest Drive. This will be mayhem. Why isn’t the diversion the glaringly obvious one through Dorey Way?”

Elysha Williams said: “What about businesses on Aerial Way, how are people supposed to get there? How do people get to the soft play or the football club?”

Katherine Fountain commented: “Won't this clash with the other major roadworks starting in the autumn at Moor Bridge for Hucknall residents?”

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Nicola Barksby wrote: “They are closing one side at a time and having temporary lights, so will still be accessible but will be chaos.”

Ian Smith groaned: “Main road past my house all summer, why not open the road through Rolls estate? What donkeys are running this council planning?”

Stuart Howes said: “This new junction will only add to what is already a nightmare on Watnall Road, the sensible plan would to have the entrance to Lidl and the new estate entering from the ring road. Why does it take 4/5 months to make a new junction (JOKE!!!!). The junction of A60 and Forest lane only took a week when it was done.”

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