A46 Newark Bypass

Project information

Latest update - 5 July 2024

The registration period is still open and you can register to take part in the Examination, and have your say. Please register before the deadline at 23:59 on 14 July 2024.

The Applicant has informed us that a number of notifications they sent about the opportunity to make Relevant Representations had not been received for various reasons. The Applicant has re-sent a further notification to those parties to allow them to make their representations. If you have received such a further notification and wish to make a representation, please contact us at:

a46newarkbypass@planninginspectorate.gov.uk or telephone 0303 444 5000.

A Procedural Decision by the Examining Authority (PDF, 157KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 316KB) has been updated

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About the project

Type of application: Highways

Name of applicant: National Highways

The scheme comprises on-line widening, to the north of the existing route, for most of its length between Farndon roundabout and the A1 followed by a new section of offline dual carriageway proposed between the A1 and Winthorpe roundabout, where the new dual carriageway ties into the existing A46 to the west of Winthorpe roundabout. The widening works include earthwork widening along the existing embankments, and new structures where the route crosses the Nottingham to Lincoln and East Coast main railway lines, River Trent and the A1. The roundabouts at Farndon and Winthorpe will be enlarged and partially signalised, while the Cattle Market roundabout will be grade separated by elevating the A46. Access to the A1 to / from A46 will also be improved by upgrading the Brownhill and Friendly Farmer roundabouts.

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Project stage

This project is at the pre-examination stage.

If you want to comment on this proposed project, you can now register to have your say Registration closes on 14 July 2024 at 23:59.

Register to have your say

This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to consult with people and organisations in the area. They must also create detailed documents about the impact the project could have on the environment.

It is important to get involved at this stage to influence the application before the applicant sends it to the Planning Inspectorate.

Find out what you can do at this stage and check our detailed guides.


This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.

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The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.

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The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?

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The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.

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The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.

What happens after the decision is made
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Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.

Project location

From Farndon roundabout to Winthorpe roundabout near Newark-on-Trent

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