An experimental traffic scheme will be installed in Hockley this autumn to help support the growth of local business and create a more pedestrian friendly environment.
As part of the ongoing review of road use in the area, traffic restrictions were installed on Broad Street in December 2016 banning through traffic from 6pm to 6am. This has made the area safer and more attractive for pedestrians, and allowed local businesses to use the space more creatively.
Unfortunately, drivers are still ignoring the prohibition of driving signs, and it is necessary to introduce further restrictions to vehicle access in the interest of public safety. Temporary bollards will be installed on Broad Street, Heathcoat Street and Carlton Street to stop through traffic from 6pm to 6am and create a pedestrian friendly zone to support the night-time economy.
Leader of Nottingham City Council, Councillor Jon Collins said: “The bollards are being installed now so that people can take advantage of the safer road layout in the run up to Christmas. The effect of the changes to road layouts will be reviewed to ensure that it works for residents and businesses as well as those visiting local bars and restaurants. The pavement cafes in Hockley are a fantastic asset to the city and removing through traffic from the area will help to make this an even more attractive place to visit.”
The bollards will be lowered daily to allow for deliveries and other access to the residences and businesses from 6am to 6pm. If the bollards prove a success, permanent measures will be put in place.
To help maintain good access for residents and businesses when these restrictions are in place additional changes will be made to the surrounding roads.
The works will last four weeks and will begin 1 November with preliminary works to the pavement; works on the roads will start two weeks later. On street signs will display further details of closures and diversions. The impact of the changes will be monitored as part of the review of traffic in the area.