Traffic restrictions at a busy road junction in Nottingham have been lifted a week earlier than planned.

Favourable weather conditions and alterations to plans to install new utilities manholes have combined to enable engineers to finish the work on the Queen’s Road East/University Boulevard junction ahead of schedule.

Part of finishing works associated with the extension of the city’s tram network, road diversions in the area were due to last for three weeks. They had been timed to coincide with the summer holidays when local roads are traditionally quieter.

However, the restrictions were lifted today (Friday).

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m pleased to see that this very busy junction has reopened early, meaning the traffic flow will be able to get back to normal.

“It won’t be long now before people are catching trams along University Boulevard, which could further reduce congestion on this main route into the city.

“The 1,300-space park and ride site at Toton will mean commuters can leave their cars there and get fast and frequent trams into the city, instead of driving along roads like University Boulevard.

“During the works, we worked with the contractor and neighbouring authorities to try, as much as possible, to minimise the disruption to motorists and make sure tram testing was not interrupted, but I would like to thank drivers and nearby residents for their patience.”