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Mayor urges Nottinghamshire County Council to tackle local traffic issues

Executive Mayor Kate Allsop, along with Cllr Martin Wright, Leader of the Independent Group at Mansfield District Council and Cllr Stephen Garner, Leader of the Independent Group at Nottinghamshire County Council, went to see for themselves some of the issues caused by traffic congestion at the junction of the A60 Nottingham Road and Park Lane, which provides access to Mansfield Leisure Park.

Executive Mayor Kate Allsop along with Councillor Martin Wright Leader of the Independent Group at MDC and Councillor Stephen Garner, Leader of the Independent Group at Nottinghamshire County Council, went to see for themselves some of the issues caused by traffic congestion at the junction of the A60 Nottingham Road and Park Lane, which provides access to Mansfield Leisure Park. At certain times of the day the area becomes gridlocked, with traffic stopping across the junction, blocking movement in all directions.

Mayor Allsop, Cllr Wright and Cllr Garner have been liaising with Nottinghamshire County Council colleagues at the highest level to urge them to address the highways issues in Mansfield.

Mayor Allsop said: "We have listened to the concerns raised by our residents and are aware of their frustrations. I am told regularly how long it can take to turn into or out of Park Lane at peak times. If traffic remains a problem, people could avoid the area. We don't want people to by-pass our town, we want Mansfield to be a destination of choice, a great place to visit and shop and enjoy leisure time."

The County Council has confirmed additional funding to help resolve the bottle neck. Conversations with the County Council reveal that some initial work has been carried out and further work to review the phasing of traffic signals is still to be undertaken. The first intervention will be live by the end of March.

Mayor Allsop added: "We understand that further work is scheduled, but we are urging the County Council to do this as a matter of urgency. Having good traffic and transport links makes it easier to get around, and helps to make an area more attractive to visitors and investors. These are important considerations if Mansfield is to continue to thrive and attract businesses and visitors."

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