Ring Road improvements continue with full Crown Island junction works set to start

Following preparatory works the full programme of roadworks on Crown Island will start on 15th June 2015 at its junction with Middleton Boulevard, Wollaton Road and Western Boulevard.
The Crown Island works are the latest stage of the £16.2m Ring Road project to reduce congestion and delays and improve journey time reliability on this strategically important route. The project is upgrading and redesigning key junctions, widening sections of the carriageway and provide better facilities for businesses, pedestrians and cyclists.
Key Ring Road works already completed include changing the Aspley Lane roundabout to a new traffic signal controlled junction with new pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities, major reconstruction of Hucknall Road roundabout with new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclists crossing facilities, road widening to three lanes on Western Boulevard between Beechdale Road and Nuthall Road northbound and Middleton Boulevard southbound and new crossings for pedestrians and cyclists and upgrading traffic signalling at the Nottingham Road and Radford road junction.

Works at Crown Island started in September 2014, building a new retaining wall adjacent to the University of Nottingham Melton Hall site and to extend the subway under Crown Island to support the new road layout. From now until spring 2016, construction works will take place to create additional circulating lanes to improve through-traffic, reduce traffic queues on all approaches and upgrade crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

To manage impacts on traffic and local residents and businesses, the junction will be built in phases with carefully planned traffic management measures so that all traffic movements around the junction can be maintained for the duration of the works. However some delays and impact on travel times are expected.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Ring Road works are essential for the city. It is Nottingham’s busiest route used by around 50,000 residents, visitors and businesses every day. The old layout struggled to cope with this traffic volume and it was stifling the city’s growth. Congestion costs the Nottingham economy approximately £160 million every year, with 50% of this causing a direct cost to businesses.
“To improve capacity and the travelling experience for all we are carrying out these improvements at a number of key junctions on the Ring Road. We are putting in traffic management arrangements, such as carrying out the most disruptive work at weekends and in the school holidays when we know usage is at its lowest. But there will be times when delays will occur and the City Council will provide regular updates locally, in the media and through the dedicated web site and social media so that everyone can plan their journeys to minimise delays. We thank residents and businesses in advance for their continued patience with the works and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The end result will be very worthwhile and will improve travelling around the city for all.”

A special information event is organised for local people to find out more detail about the current Crown Island works. It will be held at Westhay Court on Radford Bridge Road on 18th June between 2.30pm – 6.30pm. The City Council’s Ring Road project team will be on hand to answer your questions and queries. It is a drop-in session so there is no need to make an appointment.

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