Series of errors in A453 history
AFTER having suffered untold misery from chronic congestion travelling by bus and car along Clifton Lane for near on 55 years, day in and out, it is clear it was a big mistake that the Department of Transport did not dual the South Nottingham gateway road in 1965-6 when the M1 was being extended into Notts.
What people and politicians don't realise today is that in 1965 the road was the B679, an ancient, rural country lane. It was reclassified the A648 in 1970 and reclassified again, in 1978, the A453, the trunk road between Birmingham and Nottingham.
More idiotic planning followed in 1968 when Clifton Bridge was designed and they only duelled Clifton Lane from the bridge to the Farnborough Road junction, the cut-off point of the scheme. They were unable to proceed further as it was not a trunk road but still the ancient B679 country lane.
To go from a dual carriageway to a narrow, single lane up a hill towards the M1 for London, Birmingham andEast Midlands Airport was just diabolical planning. Why it was not made a trunk road in 1970 just fails me.
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