Queens Drive park-and-ride to open again after severe flooding

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Nottingham City Council has announced that Queens Drive park-and-ride will reopen to the public on Monday (9 March).

The facility has been closed since unprecedented rainfall on the weekend of 15 and 16 February caused by Storm Dennis, following so closely behind Storm Ciara the week before.

The amount of subsequent flooding after the River Trent burst its banks was the worst seen at Queens Drive in two decades.

Staff from the Council, together with electrical contractors, have been down on the site this week to assess any flood damage and make sure it is safe to reopen.

The floodwater receded a few days ago but has damaged some of the electrical charging points which are used by both the park-and ride and Medilink buses. These have now either been repaired or will be replaced in the coming weeks.

There were also issues regarding floodlights, electric site barriers, Robin Hood ticket machines and water damage to on-site buildings. Electrical items are mostly now fixed and the site is safe to reopen. The customer hub and toilets are out of action while refurbishment takes place, but portaloos are available on site.

From Monday, both the 49 park-and-ride bus and the Medilink will be serving Queens Drive. They will be returning to their full normal timetable and routes.

Ticket machines are still being worked on and will hopefully be in operation on Monday morning. However, it may be a good idea for passengers to top up their travel cards in advance of arriving.

Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Local Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to reopen Queens Drive and I’d like to thank officers and contractors for their hard work in making this happen.

“I’m sorry that commuters have had a difficult time as a result of this necessary, but inconvenient, closure and I thank them for their patience. I hope they understand that we couldn’t reopen until we were absolutely certain that it was safe.

“We have certain contingencies in place to cope with flooding, such as our charging points being elevated, but the levels of rainfall in recent weeks has been unprecedented and caused huge issues across the country.

“Hopefully, the weather will continue to improve in the coming weeks and we look forward to welcoming people back to Queens Drive.”

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