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Kegworth Village After The Bypass

Roxhill Developments Ltd is currently developing the East Midlands Gateway on land to the north of East Midlands Airport.

EMG has its own website which can be viewed here. This website will be continually updated and will provide information on the construction works and traffic situation. A plan detailing the Kegworth bypass can be viewed here.

A plan of the traffic management installations on the A453 between J23a and J24 can be viewed here. This information relates to works currently underway, and includes the closure of Ashby Road off the A453 which was closed on 31 March for 40 weeks.

A More Attractive Village

When the new Kegworth bypass opens in Spring 2019, it is expected that we will see a reduction of up to 60% in the amount of traffic that currently passes through our village.

"… an almost never ending flow of cars and lorries"

As we've reported in previous communications, we have secured some funding to help us improve the village and explore what we could do with the downgraded A6, post bypass.

"…the centre of our village is dominated by traffic"

For decades, the A6 has carried heavy vehicles and an almost never ending flow of cars and lorries, the road being designed with vehicles and not people in mind.

We now have the opportunity to explore what a 'new' downgraded village road might look and feel like as less vehicles will pass through the centre.

What do we do with all this space when the lorries have gone?

You will already know that the centre is dominated by traffic, with the A6 cutting the centre of it in half. Pedestrians are squeezed into a small space as most of the area is given over to accommodating traffic. There is only one pedestrian crossing point, making it almost impossible to cross the road safely. The noise and fumes are over bearing at times. It is definitely not somewhere you would choose to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon with family and friends!

The Parish Council are working with residents and local businesses to explore what we should do with the downgraded road once the bypass is open.

Before we commission any design work, we want to make sure that everyone in the village has the opportunity to contribute to a 'wish list' for what we hope will become a more attractive village centre.

In March, we held a well-supported public workshop when participants helped to create a 'wish list'.

How can you help?

We would welcome any comments you have to make on the 'wish list', including anything you would like to see added to it.

Once we've finalised the list, we will work to produce costed plans for local consultation. We expect this consultation to take place during 2018.

For inspiration, search for the 'Poynton Regenerated' film on Youtube

or read 'Traffic in Villages' at

www.hamilton-baillie.co.uk/_files/_publications/50-1.pdf

To make comments, use "Contact Us" on the website,

email clerk@kegworthparishcouncil.co.uk, call on 01509 670204, come into the office or send us a letter.

The closing date for comments is 1 September 2017

The 'wish list' so far for our village centre:

  • Reclaim the village centre for people!
  • Create a place that is welcoming, attractive and economically vibrant.
  • Prioritise pedestrians by creating more generous pavements and by making it easier and safer to cross the downgraded A6 by slowing traffic.
  • Reduce traffic noise by calming vehicle speeds.
  • Better, easier and more car parking (whilst also tackling abuse of parking spaces, e.g. 'park and fly').
  • More trees and greenery.
  • Create a better space for relaxation and community events.
  • Create a comfortable waiting area for bus users where the bus stop and bus shelter have enough space to be located next to each other.
  • Welcome visitors by making sure that bypass signage highlights the shops and services in the village centre.
  • Encourage cycling by providing convenient and safe places to park bikes.
  • Elimination of rat runs