Drivers in Nottingham are being warned to expect delays around the city centre for as long as six weeks while major roadworks are underway.
Work has begun in the Broadmarsh area in preparation for the next stages of the regeneration programme later in the year.
The road improvements started on Tuesday 2 May on London Road and Queensbridge Road/Sheriffs Way, each section will take around six weeks to complete.
Nottingham City Council says works will take place outside peak travel times between 9.30am–3.30pm seven days a week to minimise disruption on busy roads.
The London Road improvements involve expanding the road to three lanes for traffic leaving London Road roundabout heading towards Trent Bridge.
The Queensbridge Road and Sheriffs Way alterations will create a new accessible way to get to the Queen’s Road taxi rank at Nottingham Station, making it easier for people arriving and leaving the station.
Councillor, Fergus Slade, the communication and marketing manager for development and growth at Nottingham City Council, said “There are concerns about where the traffic will go but we have made improvements to the road network around that as well. We know there’s no point in creating something new if no one can get to it. The drawings and proposals we think will happen have been enormously well supported by the people of Nottingham.”
The new roadworks will link this part of the city to Nottingham Castle which will be transformed into a world-class destination, hosting 400,000 visitors annually, through a £24m scheme.
The long awaited Broadmarsh redevelopment plans will see £250m invested in the area, creating a pedestrianised and pedestrian friendly area between intu Broadmarsh and Nottingham Station. The regeneration will also focus on improving the bus station and car park.
The planning room inside the current Broadmarsh shopping centre shows all the plans for the new development.
The redevelopment focuses on transforming the shopping centre to create a modern destination for customers to shop, eat, relax and socialise throughout the day and evening. This expansion will also include the introduction of a cinema complex.
The new Broadmarsh plans are expected to boost the economy by £1.1 billion a decade with 2,900 more jobs, attracting three million more visitors and bringing £25 million extra spend to the city a year.
- The transformation of the Broadmarsh car park building to modernise parking facilities, the bus station and create new cafés and retail opportunities which spill out onto Collin Street and Carrington Street.
- The creation of a new public space on Collin Street.
- The pedestrianisation of (upper) Carrington Street, between the new public space on Collin Street and Canal Street.
- The creation of a brand new flagship Skills Hub for the city by New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham to the east of Middle Hill, which will serve nearly 20,000 students.