Mark and Leader of Bolsover District Council Steve Fritchley have written to the Department for Transport to request funding for improvements to junction 28 of the M1.
Junction 28 of the M1 has suffered for years with high levels of congestion and an outdated road layout, struggling to deal with the current capacity that passes through it on a daily basis. The junction is particularly important as it serves as the gateway to many businesses in South Normanton, Pinxton, Sutton and Mansfield.
Mark and Steve Fritchley have written to Highways England to officially request the funding from Highways England to carry out the requested works. The two have also written to local businesses to see how the proposed improvements would affect their business.
There are also concerns about the level of noise and air pollution from cars and HGVs that are sat on the junction, especially around rush hour. Traffic sat on the junction generates a large amount of pollution and residents in South Normanton and Pinxton are understandably concerned.
As our communities look to recover from the impact of the pandemic, it’s necessary for the Bolsover constituency to have high-quality infrastructure links that are fit for purpose. Improving junction 28 is one of those key infrastructure projects for the south of the constituency.
Commenting, Mark said:
“Those of us who use junction 28 on a regular basis know how bad traffic can be. The layout simply can’t take the volume of traffic that passes through it on a daily basis and big improvements are needed.
“Making long term changes to the junction will drastically improve traffic flow through the area, as well as improving air quality for those that live in South Normanton and Pinxton.
“Junction 28 is a key part of our infrastructure network, linking South Normanton and Pinxton, Mansfield and Sutton to the wider region. It’s vital that we improve the junction here to help unlock potential in the south of the constituency.”