Zouch Bridge Replacement Scheme


Update, August 2022: Leicestershire County Council submitted a bid to the Government’s Levelling Up fund for up to £20m.

The much-needed improvement on the A6006 at Zouch is seen as a way of bolstering a key, strategic route to the UK’s only inland Freeport around East Midlands Airport, the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station redevelopment site and the East Midlands Intermodal Park near the Derbyshire Toyota plant.

If successful with the funding bid – an announcement is expected later in the year, giving the potential for full works starting in the summer of 2023.

The county council has however put an immediate weight restriction in place on a road bridge at Zouch to prevent vehicles exceeding 18 tonnes GVW (gross vehicle weight) travelling over it. The restriction is on safety grounds, following a deterioration in its condition which prompted further testing and a review of the bridge’s load-carrying capacity.

The restriction takes effect on Zouch Road, Hathern; Main Street, Zouch; Rempstone Road, Normanton-on-Soar; Melton Road, Stanford-on-Soar, and Ashby Road, Rempstone. Signs are now in place making road users aware of the restriction and advising them instead to use routes on the A46 and A6. Additional measures will also be put in place in order to prevent vehicles from gaining access to the vulnerable footway areas on the bridge.

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) has made the following Orders on its own behalf and on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council. The Orders submitted by LCC to the Secretary of State for confirmation have been confirmed as modified.

The Leicestershire County Council (Zouch Bridge Replacement) Bridge Scheme 2017:

The Leicestershire County Council (A6006 Zouch Bridge Replacement, Classified Road) (Side Roads) Order 2017:

The Leicestershire County Council (Zouch Bridge Replacement) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017:

Public Inquiry:  21 - 24 August 2018

A Public Inquiry was held in respect of the confirmation of the above Orders and the following documents relating to the Public Inquiry may be viewed by contacting ruth.lea@leics.gov.uk:

  • List of documents (individual documents contained within the List of Documents may be viewed by contacting Ruth Lea on 0116 305 0213 or by email: ruth.lea@leics.gov.uk.)

Planning Decision Notice

Planning letter

Proofs of Evidence