The A453, which runs through the edge of Clifton and is currently being widened, will be named Remembrance Way in honour of the 453 servicemen who did not return home from Afghanistan to their families.
Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and North West Leicestershire District Council have been working together to consult the public about naming the A453 when it opens later this year.
This follows the realisation by supporters of naming the road and the families of soldiers that died in the conflict, that the number of the trunk road matches the number of UK military personnel (453) who lost their lives in the recent war in Afghanistan.
The survey returned an overwhelming level of support for naming the road (90%) and the three councils met recently to discuss the consultation findings and how best to move the proposals forward. After much consideration and discussion with the Royal British Legion, all three councils have agreed that the road will be named Remembrance Way.
Andy Gregory, county chairman for the Nottinghamshire Royal British Legion, said: “The Royal British Legion in Nottinghamshire is honoured to support the naming of this section of the A453 to serve as a lasting tribute to the 453 servicemen and women who died in Afghanistan.
“We would like to acknowledge and credit Dougie Pullen from Kimberley for recognising the link and raising it with Andy Whittaker, the BBC Radio Nottingham presenter who opened up the debate.
“Without the tireless efforts of the Upton family we may not have made it this far and we commend them for making this a high-profile campaign.
“In bringing this, not only to the attention of BBC Radio Nottingham and three local councils, but also the RBL, Regimental Associations and general public, we are able to remember nationally the 453 who gave so much as their brothers in arms had in previous conflicts.”
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.