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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Inquiry over 'new A1' road scheme
A public inquiry is being held after complaints about plans to upgrade a major road junction and build a new stretch of the A1 in Nottinghamshire.

The Highways Agency wants to spend 15m to improve the A1/A57/A614 Apleyhead junction, between Worksop and Retford.

The inquiry will be at Thoresby Gallery, Thoresby Park, near Ollerton, starting on 6 September.

If the plan is approved, work could start in the summer next year, with completion towards the end of 2007.

New road

It is one of several schemes to remove roundabouts for A1 traffic in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

It is part of the ongoing plan to upgrade the road from Peterborough to Blyth in Notts. Stretches either side of the East Midlands have been rebuilt to motorway standards.

The Apleyhead scheme would see the building of about 1.8km (1.1 mile) of new dual carriageway, a side road carried on a bridge and a new roundabout junction to the east of the existing A1.

The existing roundabout - where the three roads meet at a bottleneck - would be modified to form part of the new junction.

There was public consultation on the plan in spring 2003, and a preferred route was announced in December 2004.

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