Nottingham City Council is warning of potential disruption as it carries out major tree works on three key traffic routes in the city over the next three weeks.
The work on Lenton Boulevard, Castle Boulevard and Derby Road is planned to take place between 20 February and 10 March. The works are likely to affect residents as well as road users and pedestrians in the area but to minimise this, the work will be carried out during off-peak hours.
These works are essential to ensure that the health and safety of the trees is maintained and the potential for tree‐related damage and problems affecting people in the city is minimised. The work will help to maintain healthy tree structures, ensure clearances for road traffic and pedestrians and maintain clearances from properties, street lighting and road signage. These works are part of the Streets for People programme, using the Government’s Levelling Up fund to improve streets and local town centres and make walking and cycling easier and safer.
The timing of the closures for Lenton Boulevard (20th – 24th Feb 2023), Castle Boulevard (27th Feb – 5th March 2023) and Derby Road (6th – 10th March 2023), have been agreed following liaison between the council’s tree officers and highways management. The highways management team will be installing mobile electronic signage leading up to the works to notify road users of the upcoming closures. People travelling through the area are being advised that delays are likely and they should consider using alternative routes if possible. Some bus services using Derby Road will be affected – details of diversions and any bus stop changes will be available from bus operators.
Councillor Audra Wynter, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Parks, said: “These works to cut back some of the larger and stronger growing trees in the area are vital to the health of the trees and to the safety of road users, pedestrians and residents.
“There are constraints on the timing of this work but we have aimed to coordinate it to minimise disruption, including carrying it out during off-peak times. However, these are major routes which means delays are likely, so anyone who usually uses these routes is advised to consider alternatives while the works are underway.
“We recognise the important role of trees to provide homes for nature and improve the appearance of urban spaces and we continue with our ongoing commitment to plant 50,000 new trees by the end of the year.”
Details on the closures:
Lenton Boulevard Closure for 5 days (Derby Road to Abbey Bridge)
20th – 21st Feb Lenton Boulevard between Derby Road and Church Street
22nd – 24th Feb Lenton Boulevard between Church Street and Castle Boulevard
Castle Boulevard Closure for 7 days (from Abbey Bridge to Wilford Street)
27th – 28th Feb
Castle Boulevard (Phase 1) between Abbey Bridge and ATS Euromaster
1st – 2nd March Castle Boulevard (Phase 2) between ATS Euromaster and the Electricity Substation
3rd – 5th March Castle Boulevard (Phase 3) between Electricity Substation and Wilford Street.
A6200 Derby Road Closure for 5 days (between Faraday & Derby Terrace)
6th– 7th March Derby Road Closure between Faraday Road and Lenton Boulevard
8th – 10th March Derby Road Closure between Lenton Boulevard and St Helens Street (Canning Circus).