One of Coddington’s strong objections to the proposed Local Mineral Plan MP2o is the inadequate infrastructure of the road network in and around Newark-on-Trent. It will cause long delays, resulting in people avoiding the town, which could have an adverse impact on trade and businesses.
To the north east of Newark is the notoriously heavily congested A1/A46/A17 triangle, a current Pinch Point. The Newark relief road is the only single carriageway of the A46 trunk road, it has 3 key roundabouts, the only roundabouts between Lincoln and Leicester M1 and as reported there is no obvious solution to duelling this road, it will be near impossible due to geographical constraints, (railway lines, river Trent and flood plains).
Newark’s relief road has to accommodate traffic from the A1, A17, A616, A617, A1133 and B6326 with a level crossing at the Castle Train Station, Nottingham to Lincoln train main line all adding to poor journey times.
The 2013 Traffic Count, average daily volume shows, B6166 to A17 (Bridge over A1, 0.4km) has 48,277 vehicles daily, of which 4,415 are HGV's, this is a higher volume than the A1 Trunk road.
The A1/A17/A46 junctions have seen an increase in traffic volume of 37% after completion of the duelling of the A46 Newark to Lincoln while other areas of Newark’s road network have also seen increases of: A1 north of the A46 10%, A1 south of the A46 17%, B6166 through Newark 8%, C208 Beacon Hill Road to Coddington 22% and with the completion of the A46 duelling, Farndon to Widmerpool, similar figures are expected, thus putting greater pressure on Newark and its single carriage relief road.
Manual traffic counts have been carried out by the Coddington Action Group on the A17, 8th August 2014, 16.40 – 17.40 hrs, 1563 vehicles, 11th August 2014 13.00 – 14.00 hrs, 1110 vehicles of which 208 were HGVs.