The direction of traffic on Trent Street and Station Street will change from Wednesday (23 March) as Nottingham City Council’s £1.375m Station Street improvements reach the next phase.
The improvements are progressing along Station Street, which along with Trent Street will become one way to improve the flow of traffic around the station. Vehicles will enter Trent Street from Canal Street and exit Station Street onto London Road. The taxi rank on Station Street will also be relocated to Trent Street. The changes will be made between 5am and 6am on Wednesday and appropriate signs will be put in place.
The scheme, which is being part-funded by European money and is expected to be complete by July, features new paving, road surfaces, street lights, traffic management measures and enhancements to the appearance of the area. Trees will be planted towards the end of the works. The scheme is being carried out to help regenerate the area around Nottingham Station, complementing its recent £60m transformation, the new Nottingham Station tram stop, which is fully integrated with the railway station, and the £1.7m Townscape Heritage programme to restore historical shop fronts in the Carrington Street area.
Preparatory works for the Station Street scheme started in September last year and the works have also involved ground investigations, the repair of a collapsed sewer, the installation of new drainage and the incorporation of underground pipes that utility companies can use in future to save them digging up the road.
When it is finished, Station Street from Carrington Street to Trent Street will consist of an easily accessible paved area for pedestrians and cyclists. It will be available for outdoor café seating and pop-up market stalls.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said: “We are reaching the final stages of this scheme now and the areas that are almost finished are looking great. Pedestrians are already finding it easier and more pleasant to walk through this area and the changes to the traffic flow from Sunday will improve safety as well.
“Along with the restoration of historic shop fronts in the Carrington Street area, under the Townscape Heritage scheme, it will really transform this part of the city and create a fantastic gateway from the railway station.”
Nasser Ahmed, the Secretary for Nottingham Taxi Association said, “We are happy to help with the changes which will improve safety for pedestrians, drivers and our customers.”
The scheme is funded by Nottingham City Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Government through City Deal and D2N2’s Local Growth Fund.
Details of the scheme can be accessed through a web app at http://arcg.is/1R4rbGW.