The completion of improvement works to introduce much-needed pedestrian facilities and better road surfaces at the Manvers Street / Pennyfoot Street / Newark Street junction was marked by new traffic signals being switched on.
The scheme, completed on Friday September 4th, provides signalised pedestrian crossing at this busy junction for the first time, helping the many pedestrians who cross at this location to do so safely. The need for this has increased as a result of nearby works to redevelop the former Sneinton Wholesale Market, investment at BioCity and the completion of improved pedestrian facilities at Southwell Road and Carlton Road earlier in the year.
These works are part of a programme to support economic growth in the Creative Quarter area, funded by Nottingham City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Creative Quarter is Nottingham’s flagship project for economic growth, encouraging and supporting Nottingham’s home-grown businesses whilst attracting new high-tech, high-growth industries which will become part of the fabric of Nottingham’s economy, providing good jobs and generating wealth.
“These improvements have caused some delays and disruption over a number of weeks and I must thank local residents, businesses and motorists for their patience during the short-term pain as many of them will benefit from the long-term gain.
“In addition to the economic benefits, the latest improvements will make it much easier and safer for pedestrians to cross this busy junction – particularly important in the light of the redevelopment of Sneinton Market and investment in BioCity.”
The Creative Quarter encompasses the Lace Market and Hockley as well as Sneinton Market and the Island Site. Many of Nottingham’s emerging growth sector businesses are already located there, and new creative businesses are being encouraged to join them to help entrepreneurship to flourish within the heart of the city centre.