Improvements to Crown Island are nearing completion, with resurfacing works due to start on Saturday 5 March on Wollaton Road. The Crown Island works are the latest stage of the £16.2m Ring Road project to reduce congestion and delays and improve journey time reliability on this strategically important route. The project is upgrading and redesigning key junctions, widening sections of the road and providing better facilities for businesses, pedestrians and cyclists. Key Ring Road works already completed include:

  • Changing the Aspley Lane roundabout to a new traffic signal controlled junction with new pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities
  • Major reconstruction of Hucknall Road roundabout with new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclists crossing facilities
  • Road widening to three lanes on Western Boulevard between Crown Island and Nuthall Road / Middleton Boulevard
  • New crossings for pedestrians and cyclists and upgrading traffic signalling equipment at the junctions of Nottingham Road / Radford Road and Wilkinson Street / Western Boulevard.

Works at Crown Island started in September 2014, building a new retaining wall next to the University of Nottingham Melton Hall site and extending the subway under the new lay-out of Crown Island. The most recent works have created extra circulating lanes to improve through-traffic and reduce traffic queues on all approaches, as well as upgrading crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

To minimise the effect of the junction resurfacing works on traffic and local residents and businesses, they will be completed in phases with carefully planned traffic management measures so that all traffic movements around the junction can be maintained during the day. However some delays are expected and some traffic diversions will be in place during the evenings.

March 5–11 including the weekends there will be a full road closure where Wollaton Road East meets Crown Island between 7pm–11pm with heavy road restrictions throughout the day. Diversion routes will be in place using Derby Road and Middleton Boulevard, with Ilkeston Road and Lenton Boulevard for local traffic.

March 12–18 Wollaton Road West will be closed between 7pm–11pm with diversions in place and off-peak restrictions will also be in place throughout the day. The diversion route will use Wollaton Drive, Derby Road (A52) and Middleton Boulevard with Wollaton Road and Bramcote Lane for local traffic between Middleton Boulevard and Glaisdale Drive West. Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Ring Road works are essential for the city. It is Nottingham’s busiest route, and improving traffic flow and reducing delays in the long-term will make a big difference to the 50,000 residents, visitors and businesses who use it every day.

“However, while we’re working to make these improvements, it’s likely that delays will occur so please allow longer for your journey and use alternative routes whenever possible. We will provide regular updates in the media, through the dedicated web site and social media. I’d like to thank residents, motorists and businesses in advance for their continued patience with the works, which will be very worthwhile when complete.”

Find out more about the Ring Road Major Project by visiting the website