A52 Nottingham junctions

The A52 experiences congestion at many junctions, resulting in significant queuing and delays. We've identified several junctions for improvement, to reduce congestion and provide capacity for more traffic from local developments.

Start date 2017
End date 2023-24
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 18 May 2022

    Staying safe on our roads

    The A52 in Nottingham is the key east to west link across the East Midlands. The route is often congested due to capacity issues, resulting in significant queuing and delays. Improving journey reliability and safety are two of our top priorities, and that’s why we’re carrying out upgrades at key junctions.

    In our latest newsletter you’ll be able to read all about the changes we’re making to improve the road network for everyone. And, to help you stay safe when you’re travelling, we’ve included an article all about the recent updates published in The Highway Code.

    Download the A52 Nottingham Junctions spring newsletter now.

  • 13 May 2022

    Bingham Road junction update

    Our junction improvements work on the A52 at Bingham Road, in Radcliffe-on-Trent, is due to be completed by the end of June 2022.

    Our original planned completion date was pushed back because we unexpectedly uncovered utility pipework and cabling, which meant we had to suspend work until inspections confirmed these services were no longer in use and could be capped off. Coupled with national shortages of essential materials, which have led to delayed deliveries, our revised completion date is forecast for the end of next month.

    How does this affect the parking restrictions along Cropwell Road?

    While the junction improvements work is continuing, we need to maintain the current parking restrictions on Cropwell Road. The parking restrictions are important because they enable us to keep traffic moving and ensure the safety of children travelling to and from school.

    We understand the parking restrictions and construction work cause inconvenience for the local community. We thank you for your patience over the last six months and assure you we’ll continue to work as quickly and safely as possible.

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    If you have any questions about this work, you can:

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  • 29 April 2022

    Overnight road closure at Gamston roundabout: May 2022

    We’re carrying out improvement work at Gamston roundabout, which is part of the A52 Nottingham Junction Improvement scheme. We're currently in the first phase of our main works at this junction, and will be moving into Phase 2 from mid-May 2022.

    During Phase 2, we'll be working alongside the westbound carriageway of Radcliffe Road, as well as the northbound carriageway of the A52 approaching Gamston roundabout.

    Before we can move into Phase 2, we need to put in place a weekend road closure so we can safely switch over our traffic management and move the concrete barriers.

    Upcoming road closures

    To prepare for Phase 2, we’ll need to close three points around the Gamston roundabout. The following closures will be in place on the nights of Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2022, from 8pm to 6am:

    • A6011 Radcliffe Road at its junction with Ambleside.
    • A52 Lings Bar Road, at the Tollerton Lane junction.
    • A52 Radcliffe Road, at the Stragglethorpe Road junction.

    A52 Nottingham Junctions (Gamston)

    We’ll be putting out advanced warning signs on the road, so motorists will have plenty of time to plan their journeys.

    What diversion routes will be in place?

    During these road closures, the following diversion routes will be in place.

    A52 Eastbound

    Road users travelling eastbound on the A52 Radcliffe Road from the Stragglethorpe Road junction will be invited to join the A46 at the Saxondale roundabout, before driving south to Widmerpool, following the A606 Melton Road, and then re-joining the A52 Gamston Lings Bar Road at the Wheatcroft roundabout. This route is not suitable for high sided vehicles over 14’ 6”.

    A52 Eastbound for high sided vehicles

    High sided vehicles over 14’ 6” are invited to take the A46 from the Saxondale roundabout and travel south to the Dalby Interchange. From here, take the A6006 westbound to Rempstone, then follow the A60 northbound to re-join the A52 at the Nottingham Knight junction.

    Accessing the A6011

    To access the A6011 from an eastbound direction, drivers are invited to join the A46 at the Saxondale roundabout, before driving south to Widmerpool to take the A606 Melton Road. Continue on Melton Road through West Bridgford and join the A60 London Road, then re-join the A6011 at Meadow Lane. This route is not suitable for high sided vehicles over 14’ 6”.

    Accessing the A6011 for high sided vehicles

    High sided vehicles over 14’ 6” wishing to access the A6011 from an eastbound direction are invited to take the A46 from the Saxondale roundabout and travel south to the Dalby Interchange. From here, take the A6006 westbound to Rempstone, then follow the A60 northbound to re-join the A6011 at Meadow Lane.

    Project information

    Phase 2 – Gamston junction improvement scheme

    Phase 2 will see the construction of a new lane on the westbound and northbound approach of the A52 at Gamston roundabout. The traffic management for Phase 2 will remain in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week for approximately thirteen weeks from mid-May 2022. During this time, we’ll maintain two narrow running lanes so traffic can continue to travel in each direction.

    Following this, Phase 3 will take place from the middle of August until the start of December 2022. Phase 3 will involve a series of night-time lane closures, which will allow us to complete work which cannot be completed safely throughout the day. There will also be some night-time full road closures to allow us to resurface the junction. We’ll post updates on our webpage about these closures nearer to the time.

    Please note that the exact dates and times of our work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, we’ll keep you updated of significant changes.

    How can you get in touch?

    To ask a question about this work you can:

    • call us on 0300 123 5000 or
    • email the project team at a52nottinghamjunctions@nationalhighways.co.uk.

    To keep up to date with news about this important junction upgrade, you can sign up for updates on the right-hand side of this page.

  • 19 March 2022

    Start of work at Stragglethorpe Road junction: April 2022

    As part of our ongoing A52 Nottingham Junctions improvement scheme, work will start at Stragglethorpe Road junction on 4 April 2022.

    How will the upgrade work impact motorists and residents?

    To minimise disruption for motorists, residents and businesses, our team will work intermittently over 6 weeks until mid-May 2022.

    We’ll work at night, when traffic flows are at their lowest, between 8pm and 6am.

    The A52 will remain open while we deliver the improvements and traffic management, which is needed to help keep our workforce safe, will be set up every evening and removed every morning.

    What type of work will be carried out?

    The work involves changing roadside signage and traffic light signal heads. We’ll also upgrade and relocate the existing average speed cameras, providing better technology and improved speed enforcement.

    New signal timing on the traffic lights, which will improve safety and traffic flows within the area, won’t be implemented until our junction improvement work at Gamston roundabout has been completed (currently expected - February 2023).

    When will the U-turn movement be banned at Stragglethorpe Road junction?

    The U-turn ban at Stragglethorpe, which was approved last year, will come into force on 11 April 2022 once the roadside signage is erected. This ban prevents vehicles travelling on the A52 east (towards Radcliffe on Trent and Bingham) from making a U-turn at Stragglethorpe junction to travel west towards Nottingham.

    Banning this U-turn movement will improve the flow of traffic by allowing motorists to turn right from the A52 eastbound carriageway into Stragglethorpe Road, while traffic turns left out of Stragglethorpe Road onto the A52 westbound carriageway (towards Nottingham). Drivers will still be able to make a U-turn less than half a mile away, using the new U-turn facility at Nottingham Road (RSPCA) junction.

    How can we get in touch with the team?

    To ask a question about this work you can:

    To keep up to date with news about this important junction upgrade you can sign up for regular updates, sent direct to your email inbox, using this link.

  • 18 March 2022

    Start of main work at Gamston roundabout: April 2022

    As part of our ongoing A52 Nottingham Junctions improvement scheme, work will start at Gamston roundabout on 4 April 2022.

    We’ve been working in partnership with Cadent Gas since January 2022 to replace the gas main and future-proof the gas network at Gamston. This work has been completed on schedule and we’re now able to deliver the main junction improvement works.

    What will be happening?

    We’ll start the main junction improvement works on 4 April 2022. This work will be carried out over four phases and will include widening all approaches to the roundabout. This will enable us to create extra lanes, which will reduce traffic congestion and queuing.

    New traffic lights and a traffic-light controlled pedestrian crossing will be installed to improve safety, while a dedicated bus lane on the roundabout will improve the flow of public transport.

    We’ve installed a temporary ‘Intelligent’ traffic light system at the roundabout, which can adjust the timings of the lights in response to traffic build up. This will help reduce congestion at the roundabout at peak times.

    Will there be any road closures?

    To deliver this work safely, we need to make some adjustments to the traffic management at Gamston. This activity will involve night time road closures over the weekend of Friday 1 April to Sunday 3 April inclusive, from 8pm to 6am, so we can move the concrete safety barriers.

    Will there be diversion routes when the road is closed?

    When the road is closed, signed diversion routes will be in place.

    • The main diversion route uses the A46 to Widmerpool – Melton Road – Gamston Lings Bar Road
    • A second diversion route, for the A6011, uses Melton Road – Gamston Lings Bar Road
    • And there’s a diversion route for high loads over 14’ 6”, using the A46 to Dalby Interchange – A6006 – A60 – A52

    We advise motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.

    What happens in future phases of the roadworks at Gamston?

    Phase 2 of our work will run for 5 weeks during April / May 2022. In this phase, we’ll use night time traffic management, between 8pm and 6am. 

    We’ll need to close the junction over a weekend to install Phase 3 of our traffic management. Ahead of this road closure, we’ll put out advance warning signs to let drivers know the road will be closed from 8pm to 6am for 3 nights (Friday to Sunday). We’ll also post another bulletin on our webpage.

    The new traffic management will remain in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from mid-May 2022 for approximately 13 weeks.

    Phase 4 will take place from the end of November 2022 to the end of January / early February 2023 and will involve a series of night time lane closures so we can complete work which cannot be delivered safely throughout the day. There will also be some night time full road closures to allow us to resurface the junction.

    During every phase of work, we’ll maintain two narrow running lanes for traffic in each direction. 

    We reassure you we’ll work hard to make sure this upgrade is completed as quickly and safely as possible.

    *Please note that the exact dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, we’ll keep you updated of significant changes.

    How can we get in touch with the team?

     To ask a question about this work you can:

    To keep up to date with news about this important junction upgrade you can sign up for regular updates, sent direct to your email inbox, using this link.

  • 07 February 2022

    Start of work at Silverdale roundabout: February 2022

    On 21 February 2022, work will begin at Silverdale roundabout, as part of the A52 Nottingham junction improvement scheme.  Our work on this junction will take approximately six months to complete and our planned end date is currently 31 August 2022.

    We reassure you we will be working hard to make sure this work is completed as quickly and safely as possible. Please note that the precise dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, we’ll keep you updated of significant changes.

    Why is it happening?

     The junction improvement works will bring about the following benefits:

    • The westbound entry to the roundabout from A52 Clifton Boulevard will be widened to two lanes, to improve traffic flow
    • A new bus lay-by will be created
    • The left turn into Westerfield Way will be improved
    • Part-time traffic lights will be installed on the A453 eastbound entry to the roundabout – these will only be used during busy and peak times
    • The roundabout will be widened on the south side, to support the safe operation of the traffic lights
    • The existing drainage, road signs and road surfacing will be upgraded
    • The road markings will be improved, to improve road discipline

     Will there be any road closures while the work is being carried out?

    The traffic management at Silverdale will consist of lane closures on the Silverdale roundabout and the approaches from the A52 and A453. There will be some works which require full road closures on the roundabout and the surrounding roads however access to Silverdale estate will be maintained at all times. We will provide advance notice signs detailing any closures closer to the time and provide clear diversion route signage.

     Will there be any changes to footpaths and cycleways nearby?

     Some footpaths and cycle tracks which run through the area of trees and shrubbery adjacent to Westerfield Way will be closed and diversions will be in place, as shown on the image below.  The red line shows the diversion leading to the bus stop for travel in the Nottingham direction, via the subway.  The green line shows the route to the bus stop for the Clifton direction, also using the subway.

    Work planned at Silverdale roundabout map

    How can you get in touch?

    To ask a question about this work you can:

    In order to stay up to date with the latest traffic information in your area, we recommend that motorists follow us on Twitter (@HighwaysEMIDs).  To keep up to date with news about this important junction upgrade, you can sign up for updates on the right-hand side of this page. 

     

  • 22 December 2021

    Start of work at Gamston roundabout: January 2022

    On 10 January 2022, work will begin at Gamston roundabout, as part of the A52 Nottingham junctions improvement scheme.  The construction work will involve two separate stages:

    1. Upgrading the existing gas network
    2. Constructing the junction improvements

    We are improving Gamston roundabout by:

    • introducing a new 40mph speed limit on the approaches, exits and around the roundabout, to improve safety on the approaches and pedestrian crossings.
    • widening all approaches to the roundabout to provide extra lanes and increase the number of vehicles that can use the junction, which will help to reduce the current queuing which leads to congestion. This includes widening the A52 approaches into and out of Nottingham from two lanes to four, to create two dedicated lanes for each destination from the roundabout. Also widening the A6011 approach out of Nottingham from two lanes to three, to create dedicated lanes for each destination from the roundabout.
    • adding new traffic lights to manage traffic flow and improve safety by reducing turning conflicts and increasing capacity. Also, new traffic light-controlled crossings will be added for pedestrians and cyclists to help them cross the junction safely. All crossing points will be designed for customers with disabilities making them accessible for all.
    • extending the existing bus lane on A6011 Radcliffe Road onto the roundabout to help the flow of public transport from A52 Radcliffe Road into Nottingham.
    • upgrading the existing drainage, street lighting, road signs, road surfacing and lane markings.

    Why is the gas network being upgraded?

    National Highways has been working in collaboration with Cadent Gas to ensure we minimise disruption to the community in the area around the Gamston roundabout, as well as drivers using the A52.  Together, we have proactively reviewed our planned works to upgrade and future-proof the gas network at Gamston. We will continue to work together throughout the junction improvement work to ensure all the residents are kept safe and warm.

    This work will commence on 10 January 2022 with the diversion and replacement of pipework by the gas utility company, Cadent Gas.  Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network and manages more than 80,000 miles of pipes, most of them underground, which transport gas to 11 million customers.

    How will the upgrading the gas network affect road users?

    Traffic management measures will be put in place on 7 January, ahead of the work starting on 10 January 2022. The upgrading of the gas network is expected to take 12 weeks, and during this time traffic management will be in place for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  A temporary safety barrier will be installed and the speed limit on the road will be reduced to 40mph, to ensure our team are safe whilst carrying out their work. 

    There will be some lane closures, but traffic will be able to flow freely for the majority of the period of works.  Some night-time closures will be needed on occasions when it is necessary to move the traffic management.  These will take place over a weekend and last for 3 nights, from 8pm until 6am the following morning. On each occasion, suitable diversion routes will be in place.

    What will happen when the main junction improvements are being constructed?

    The main works at Gamston will start in April 2022 and will involve 4 phases, as follows: 

    Phase 1 (April to May 2022)

    The first phase will need some night-time lane closures so we can clear the site safely. There will also be a full road closure early in Phase 1 over a weekend period so that we can install a safety barrier. This will take three nights, from 8pm until 6am the following morning.  A suitable diversion route will be provided during all road closures and access will be maintained for residents.

    Phase 2 (May to August 2022)

    Phase 2 will begin in May 2022, when we will be constructing a new lane on the westbound and northbound approaches to Gamston roundabout.  During this phase, the traffic management will remain in place 24/7 for 3 months. Work will be carried out during the day using narrow lanes. On completion of Phase 2 in August 2022, there will be a full closure of the junction to enable us to safely switch the traffic management over for Phase 3. This will take three nights, over a weekend, and a diversion route will be signposted.

    Phase 3 (August to November 2022)

    Phase 3 will commence from August 2022. It will last for 4 months and see the installation of a new concrete barrier and a further westbound approach lane. Traffic management will remain in place 24/7. The safety barrier will enable operatives to work safely during the day, whilst maintaining two narrow running lanes in each direction.

    Phase 4 (November 2022 to February 2023)

    Phase 4 will take place from the end of November 2022 to the end of January/early February 2023 and will consist of a series of night-time lane closures, which will allow us to construct all the works which cannot be completed safety throughout the day. There will also be some night-time full road closures to allow us to resurface the junction.

    We want to assure you we will be working hard to make sure this work is completed as quickly and safely as possible.

    How can you get in touch?

     To ask a question about this work you can:

    To keep up to date with news about this important junction upgrade, you can sign up for updates on the right-hand side of this page.

Project information

Overview

The scheme, announced in 2014 as part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy, consists of a package of measures to improve several junctions along the length of the A52 in Nottingham, including signalisation and junction reconstruction.

The improvements at Nottingham Road and Cropwell Road junctions are complete and opened to traffic in 2017.

In 2021, we began work on the four remaining smaller junctions - Bingham, Stragglethorpe, Silverdale and Gamston junctions.

In the final phase we'll address the two larger western junctions, Nottingham Knight and Wheatcroft.

The A52 is an important east-west link across the East Midlands. This route experiences congestion due to capacity issues at many junctions, which results in significant queuing and delays

The scheme aims to:

  • reduce queuing and delays
  • ease congestion by increasing capacity at the junctions
  • ensure journey times are more reliable
  • improve pedestrian and cycle routes at the junctions
  • make the road safer for all users
  • support growth in the area

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