A46 Newark Bypass

The A46 Newark Bypass is an important route connecting the M1 and Leicester to the A1 and central Lincolnshire.

Start date 2024 -25
End date Road Period 3 (2025 - 2030)
Cost £400m - £500m

Latest updates

  • 21 May 2021

    Public consultation report published

    Following the public consultation on our options to improve the A46 Newark Bypass, we have now published our Consultation Report.

    The report outlines our options to improve the A46 Newark bypass, the key issues and summarises the responses to our options consultation.

    We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and suggestions which are a critical element of the decision-making process and in developing the plans for this much-needed upgrade.

    We’ll use the feedback to help shape our proposals and decide on a preferred route later this year for the multi-million-pound upgrade to the A46 at Newark.

    If you have difficulty accessing the report or wish to request a hard copy, please email the project team at a46newarkbypass@highwaysengland.co.uk or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

  • 18 May 2021

    Survey works planned until summer 2021– some overnight works to take place

    We have been carrying out survey works to collect information about the land and ground conditions alongside the existing A46 network, from the Farndon roundabout to the Winthorpe roundabout.

    In the next stage of survey works, we will start working on the existing A46 network.

    The work will be carried out overnight Monday to Friday, between 8pm and 6am, to minimise disruption to traffic as much as possible. To complete the work safely, we’ll put in place temporary traffic signals each night, closing a short section of one lane, at locations along the A46 between the Farndon and Winthorpe roundabouts. Traffic will be able to pass in both directions, via the traffic light system.

    To effectively collect information about the land and ground conditions we’ll be using drilling rigs to collect samples of the underlying geology, which may cause some noise disturbance to nearby properties due to the nature of the work. We apologise in advance for this, and will keep noise to a minimum as far as we can.

    Existing works taking place off the existing A46 network will continue to take place between 8am and 5pm wherever possible, to minimise disruption to the local community.

    In addition to using drilling rigs to collect sample cores of the underlying geology, the works include walkover and aerial surveys, as well as carrying out sampling and shallow excavation works.

    We need to do these surveys to better understand the land conditions surrounding the existing road, and the data we collect will help to develop the scheme.

    The surveys will be completed by early summer 2021.

    We will continue to update this page with additional information as the survey works progress.

  • 03 February 2021

    Consultation now closed

    Our public consultation has now closed. Thank you to everybody who took the time to provide us with your feedback on the options we presented. We’ll now take time to analyse and consider the feedback we received, and we will publish a consultation report.

    We will use your feedback to help us make a decision on a preferred route announcement, and we’ll make this announcement later this year. This is where we confirm which option we will take forward to improve the A46 Newark Bypass.

    Although our consultation has now closed, we’d still like to hear from you. If you have any questions or would like more information about the project or what happens next, you can contact us using the following details:

    Email: a46newarkbypass@highwaysengland.co.uk
    Telephone: 0300 123 5000

    We may not post any updates about this scheme for some time while we analyse the responses, but we will be carrying out more engagement with communities and stakeholders when we reach our preferred route announcement. We hope to be able to hold face-to-face events for this, depending on social distancing restrictions at the time. You can subscribe to be alerted by email when we update this webpage in the future.

    This short video gives more information about how we develop major road projects and the process we expect to follow to obtain planning permission to build the scheme.

  • 09 December 2020

    Consultation now open - 9 December 2020 to 2 February 2021

    We’ve launched a consultation on the A46 Newark Bypass scheme and we want to hear your views on our proposed options. The consultation is open until 23:59 on 2 February 2021.

    Drivers on the single carriageway on the A46 regularly suffer from congestion and poor journey time reliability.

    We’ve developed two proposed options to improve and widen the A46 to a dual carriageway, providing two lanes in each direction between the Farndon and Winthorpe junctions, contributing to more reliable and safer journeys. As part of the project, both options would include a new link and a new bridge over the A1 to the north of the existing bridge. We will also improve access to the A1 by removing A46 through-traffic from the Brownhills and Friendly Farmer roundabouts, allowing them to operate better.

    You can find all of our consultation materials and respond to the consultation by visiting our A46 Newark bypass consultation page.

    As a result of the restrictions around holding public events due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will be unable to hold face-to-face events and the consultation will be delivered primarily through online channels.

    Your views are important to help us better understand the local area and any potential impacts our scheme may have on you and the community.  If you have any questions about the consultation, please email the Project Team at a46newarkbypass@highwaysengland.co.uk.

    Alternatively, you can request a call back from a member of the project team by calling 0300 123 5000.

    If you’re unable to access any of our materials or require these in a different format, please contact us on 0300 123 5000.

    You can watch this short video which explains how we develop a new road scheme and how you can get involved.

  • 18 September 2020

    September 2020 update

    We are working towards public consultation in Winter 2020.

Project information


The A46 Newark Bypass scheme is at an early stage of development, and we’re working to identify a solution that meets the needs of our customers.

The proposed scheme will improve capacity to address traffic congestion on the A46 around Newark-on-Trent.

This is a significant scheme which is expected to include:

  • Improving the capacity of the single carriageway and junctions of the A46 at Newark; and,
  • provide better links to the A1

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • boost business productivity and economic growth by providing a more reliable road network and improved local access
  • increase capacity, reduce delays and incidents, and improve journey times
  • improve resilience on the network


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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