The A453 is to be renamed Remembrance Way to honour the 453 UK servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Work on the seven mile stretch of the A453 between M1 Junction 24 and the A52 Nottingham Ring Road is expected to be completed in May 2015. Following consultation with the Royal British Legion and others, and an opinion survey, Nottingham City Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, and North West Leicestershire District Council, the three councils through which the improved A453’s route will operate, have agreed that the road will be named Remembrance Way.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m pleased we have been able to come together to take this proposal forward in line with the views of most of the people who responded to the survey. 90% of those that completed the survey supported the new name proposal. We will work on the practical arrangements needed for the new name to be in place in time for the opening of the new road in a few months.”

The three councils are now in discussion with the Highways Agency who own the road and are responsible for any new signage along the route. They are also discussing with them the planting of poppy seeds along the route to remind us why it is called Remembrance Way. The road is expected to open officially in May this year.