More details about proposals to transform the streets in the Broadmarsh area of Nottingham which will support the area’s regeneration and help to create thousands of jobs are being announced today (Monday 25 April).
The planned changes – initially outlined in December 2015 as part of an announcement to transform the Broadmarsh area of the city centre into a top-class destination for retail, leisure and education – include the pedestrianisation of Collin Street to create a new public space between the Intu Broadmarsh shopping centre and a newly-refurbished Broadmarsh car park and bus station, which includes opportunities for new shops, cafes and businesses. The changes also include:
• Improving pedestrian and cycle routes from the south with upgraded streets, safer junctions and better pedestrian flows in the area
• Re-routing traffic which currently uses Collin Street and Canal Street as a through-route onto the southern relief route, which has already begun to be upgraded
• Moving buses currently stopping at Collin Street onto Canal Street, which will become two-way and restricted to general traffic, to better connect with the transformed bus station
• Creating cycling opportunities to link into other cycling routes being developed in the city as part of the £6.1m Cycle City scheme.
The proposals support and complement the Broadmarsh car park and bus station redevelopment and other major plans for the area, including intu’s redevelopment of the shopping centre, a new Skills Hub just off Middle Hill to be developed by Central College and New College Nottingham and the £24m transformation of Nottingham Castle to the west. Collectively these schemes represent a £250m investment in this part of the city which is expected to create nearly 3,000 jobs, boost the local economy by over £1billion, and attract an extra three million visitors a year to the city, who will bring with them an estimated £25m increase in spending.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said: “The transformation of the Broadmarsh area is something which Nottingham people have wanted for a long time and we think the proposals to change the roads in the area will only serve to support and enhance the exciting plans for the area which will see thousands of jobs created, the city centre economy boosted, and see millions more visitors attracted to the city each year.
“By re-routing through traffic onto more appropriate routes, road space will be more freed-up for traffic getting into the city while also making the area safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists. We have taken expert advice on the proposed changes to the roads and we believe they work, but we welcome the views of all those who use this part of the city, so I would encourage people to take a look at the proposals and let us know what they think.”
People can find out more information about the transformation of the Broadmarsh area, including the proposed road changes, by logging onto www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/broadmarsharea or by visiting a public exhibition which will take place 10am – 2pm on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April in the Broadmarsh Bus Station.