The planned £47million Newark Southern Link road project will be a new four mile long road, linking the A46 (near Farndon) with the A1 (near Fernwood); with roundabout junctions at both ends.

It is designed to ease traffic congestion and improve journey times along the Newark bypass, by providing an alternative A46 to A1 route and a new River Devon crossing point.

The new road will also open up 278 hectares of land, adjacent to the southern edge of Newark’s built up area, for housing and employment use. This area has planning permission for up to 3,150 houses (including affordable housing), two retail and commercial centres, a 60 bed care home, two primary schools, community buildings, a medical centre, 50 hectares of mixed use commercial development and landscaped green community spaces.

D2N2 is investing £7m in the project, agreed through its Local Growth Fund allocation. Other funders are the Homes and Communities Agency (a public body sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government), developer Urban & Civic plc, and Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Work is already underway and the project is due to be completed by March 2020.

In September 2016 part of the overall scheme – Bowbridge Lane, south of Newark – was re-opened to the public following the installation of a new roundabout, street lights, a pedestrian crossing, a footpath and cycleway, and a new junction with Hawton Lane.

Further information is available on developer Urban & Civic plc’s website at www.urbanandcivic.com/projects/strategic-land/newark/site-details/