A46 Newark Bypass Statutory Consultation

Closed 12 Dec 2022

Opened 26 Oct 2022


This consultation has now closed. To keep up to date on the scheme, please visit the project webpage.

In March 2020, the government’s second Road Investment Strategy included a commitment for National Highways to improve the A46 ‘Trans-Midlands Trade Corridor’ between the M5 and the Humber Ports, to create a continuous dual carriageway from Lincoln to Warwick.

The A46 around Newark-on-Trent is the only remaining single carriageway section of this key strategic trunk road. We propose to fill in this gap, eliminating the regular traffic jams and creating improved journey time reliability in this area of the A46 corridor.

Congestion on the single carriageway section of the A46 means that journeys are unreliable and take longer than they should. This will only get worse as more people are expected to use the road in the future.

You can view the fly-through video of the proposed design below. 





We've recenetly published artist impressions from selected locations which show how the scheme would look once built.

To keep up to date with information about the project, visit the A46 Newark Bypass project webpage


Why your views matter

The purpose of this consultation is to understand your views on our proposals for the scheme.

The scheme is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) as defined by the Planning Act 2008. This means that an application will need to be made to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Development Consent Order (DCO), to obtain permission to build and operate the scheme. Applications are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.

Before we submit an application for a DCO, we must formally consult the local community and other stakeholders about our scheme proposals including identified environmental effects based on the information available at the time.

Your feedback on this consultation is important and will continue to help shape the design of the scheme

What happens next

Once the consultation has closed on Monday 12 December 2022, we’ll analyse and consider your feedback when making further refinements to the proposed scheme design.

We’ll produce a summary of the responses in a consultation report and include details about how consultation feedback has helped to shape our proposals.

The consultation report will form part of our DCO application and will made available to the public after submission of the application, which we expect to be in summer / autumn 2023.

If our application for a DCO is accepted by the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport) an Examining Authority will consider the application, and any representations, which will take up to six months.

During the examination stage, anybody with an interest in the scheme can make representations in writing, or verbally at public hearings.

The Examining Authority will report its recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who has a further three months to make a final decision on whether or not to grant a DCO for the scheme.

If our application is approved, work on the scheme is expected to start in 2025. If you would like any further information about the DCO application process, please visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website. 

In addition to this consultation process, we’ll continue to engage with anyone interested in or impacted by the proposed scheme.



  • Anyone from any background


  • Roads