Significant changes to Nottingham’s roads have been successfully introduced, which will allow work on a new public space for Nottingham’s residents and visitors to begin.
Collin Street is now closed to all traffic, and only buses and wheelchair accessible taxis can use Canal Street from Greyfriar Gate.
Middle Hill, between the Broadmarsh Car Park and The tram bridge, is now two way to allow drivers in and out of the Lace Market, and Greyfriar Gate, between Ocean Nightclub and the NCP Arndale Car Park, has had its traffic flow reversed to allow drivers to join the new route eastward and westward in the city Centre, the Southern Relief Route.
A map of the Southern Relief Route can be found below, along with videos showing how to use the new routes.
These closures mean the City Council can start work on a new, welcoming public realm for the city, with green spaces, places for visitors to the city centre to dwell and relax and play spaces for children near the new Nottingham Central Library, currently under construction.
The new public space is funded by £20 million of Transforming Cities funding from Central Government.
Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for public transport, said; “These changes have been a long time coming and while they may take some time for visitors and drivers to get used to, hopefully the images of what’s to come will make it all worthwhile.
“I would encourage everyone to look at the new route connecting east and west, look at alternative routes round the city and update any sat nav software you might have. These are big changes and people need to pay attention to the signage we have part on routes into the city so their journeys are not inconvenienced.”