The latest stage in the massive investment by Nottingham City Council to support economic growth sees the final stages of work set to be completed at the Manvers Street and Pennyfoot Street junction.

The road and public space improvements are an essential part of the city’s multi-million pound Creative Quarter infrastructure upgrade programme. The Creative Quarter encompasses the Lace Market and Hockley as well as Sneinton Market and the Island Site. Transport and public realm improvements already completed in the area include changes to accommodate outdoor summer dining areas, new and upgraded paving and kerbing in the Lace Market area and a refurbished Trinity Square with better paving, seating and lighting.

The Manvers Street area works are the latest part of the Creative Quarter programme, providing improvements for pedestrians and renewed road surfaces. From Monday, 24th August, road surfacing works will take place in the evening, between 7pm – 11pm. The works will continue over six nights but will not take place on Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday.

Temporary traffic signals are being installed at the junction and this will enable traffic on Pennyfoot Street to turn either left or right into Manvers Street. In the short-term Newark Street will remain closed at the junction. Resurfacing works will take place at the Manvers Street and Pennyfoot Street junction and along Manvers Street up to the Eyre Street junction.

During these times Pennyfoot Street will be closed – access for BioCity and other businesses on Pennyfoot Street will be maintained at all times. A diversion route will be put in place via County Road onto Manvers Street. The Eyre Street junction with Manvers Street will be controlled by two-way traffic lights.

Traffic movement will be back to normal during the day time. Bus services will be unaffected during the works.

The improvement work is partly financed by the council itself and partly by money which the council secured from the European Regional Development Fund.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs 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.

“The surfacing work will cause some noise and traffic disruption but we would ask local residents and businesses for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause.

“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.”

While the latest works continue, all road users who use this junction are asked to consider alternative routes or follow the diversion routes which will be signposted.