A plan to build and erect a new pedestrian and cycle footbridge over the River Trent is about to be submitted by Nottingham City Council.
The bridge has received largely positive feedback from an internal council poll with over 83% of 1,192 responses being positive.
The ‘Waterside Bridge’ will cost £9.25 million pounds and is being funded via a successful bid to the Governments Transforming Cities Programme.
The project is being led by Nottingham City Council, working in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council and in consultation with Nottinghamshire County Council.
“it’s money well spent”
David Thornhill, chair of the Nottingham Sustainable Transport group, said, “The fact the planning application is about to be submitted is absolutely fantastic! My main comment is surprise.”
He added, “It was a long drawn out process but it’s something we’ve always wanted. Underlies something that is always needed in fact. Not another road bridge.”
The structure will be the first new bridge over the River Trent in the city since Clifton Bridge opened more than sixty years ago in 1958.
People use the bridge daily are delighted by the reports. Frank Henshaw goes to the Nottingham Forest matches and would benefit from a bridge near the ground from the other side of the river, said, “I think it’s a good idea. It’ll ease Trent and Lady Bay Bridge.”
Allan Brown walks across the river every day with his wife. “I think its an excellent idea. I’m glad they’ve come round to it,” he said.
“It makes it considerably easier to get from one side of the river to the other. It is money well spent,” he added.
Reaction to the news of a new footbridge by those who will use it the most.
Sarah Whittingham, was also complimentary about the new bridge. She said, “A lot of people go to work on bikes.
“If there is another bridge further along than people would be more likely to walk too. Health and fitness is the key, this will encourage that.”
Tyler Nelson, who works near where the new bridge will be built, said, “Anything that improves the environment is good, and at the end of the day it is an environmentally friendly idea. I’m all for that.”
Another step closer! The location of the new Waterside Bridge has been approved🌉
In the recent consultation 83% of respondents supported the proposal. The next step is to develop detailed design and submit planning applications.
— Transport Nottingham (@Transport_Nottm) December 22, 2021
If all goes to plan, the bridge is hoped to open in 2023 with work starting on it in the winter of 2022.