A section of the city’s ring road through Basford is to be closed next month to allow for essential repair works.

Part of the A6514 carriageway next to Western Boulevard Railway Bridge has subsided, resulting in an uneven surface for vehicles and cyclists. It has deteriorated over the past 18 months and is now at the point where repairs have to be carried out.

Nottingham’s ring road carries more than 30,000 vehicles every day and is a key route used by emergency services.

The works, scheduled for the school summer holidays to limit disruption as much as possible, will involve digging down into the road to identify to cause of underground subsidence. This will then be rectified, refilled and resurfaced.

The project will start on Monday 1 August and is set to be completed by Sunday 28 August, with extended-hour days used where possible. Some advance works will be undertaken to the central reservation on the western approach to the bridge during a small number of off-peak lane closures starting on Monday 25 July.

The impact on this section of the ring road is:

  • One lane remaining open northbound over the bridge heading towards the City Hospital;
  • Southbound lanes closed towards Beechdale and traffic diverted away from the area;
  • The main junction into Western Boulevard coming down from St Leodegarius Church closed to traffic.

Councillor Audra Wynter, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Parks at Nottingham City Council, said: “We understand that this work is going to cause drivers some disruption and we apologise in advance. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’re confident of getting the project done before the end of August.

“However, there will be some deep excavation of this section of the ring road and so it’s important that we keep drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and our workforce safe for the duration.

“These are essential repair works which can’t be delayed any further and we’ve deliberately chosen August because of the school summer holidays and fact there is always less traffic on our roads.

“Please bear with us during this time and, where possible, consider an alternative route to avoid the area.”