What's happening?

Due to water damage and corrosion to steelwork on Clifton Bridge (A52), Highways England has closed the bridge outbound (East) with only one lane in operation. Inbound access is still available, with 3 out of 4 lanes open.

Head of service delivery at Highways England, Adrian Oulds, said: “Safety is always our top priority and we’ve taken the decision to close the road while we carry out further tests on the defect which we have found underneath the road.

“The structure itself remains safe but we’ve taken this decision to close the road eastbound to traffic while specialist investigations take place. Once these checks have been completed and we’re confident we can reopen the road, we will do so at the earliest opportunity.”

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How will this affect traffic?

Currently, the closure is having little impact on traffic as we are encouraged to ‘Stay home, save lives’ throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. Travel should only be for essential purposes only such as to buy food and medicine or to get to/from work if you are an essential worker or unable to work from home.

As traffic levels slowly begin to increase, please remember that Clifton Bridge is an ongoing issue and to use alternative routes where possible. Inbound lanes remain functional and journeys in this direction do not need to be diverted.

At this time, the use of public transport to ease traffic volume is discouraged.

What are we doing?

The council’s traffic team is in constant contact with Highways England about the progress of the work on Clifton Bridge – the busiest road in the city – and any measures that can be put in place to improve access. As of Wednesday 12 February, Highways England has reopened one lane outbound. All inbound lanes are operational.


The diversion route for the eastbound closure is as follows:

  • From the A52 Queens Drive Interchange take the exit onto the A453 towards the city centre
  • Follow the A453 until the junction with A6019, then turn right onto A6019 Waterway Street
  • Continue onto the A6019, turning left onto Sheriffs Way then right onto Queens Road
  • At the T junction turn right onto the A60, crossing the River Trent
  • At the junction with Melton Road take the left fork onto the A606 through West Bridgford, to rejoin the eastbound A52 at Wheatcroft Island.


  • Traffic wishing to reach the A52 (Grantham) from the M1 southbound J25 should remain on the M1 to J24, then at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A453 northbound.
  • Continue on the A453 northbound, past Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, to the junction with the A52, then follow hard signs for the A52 (Grantham)

Further information can be found by visiting www.trafficengland.com or by following Highways England’s regional Twitter feed @HighwaysEMIDS