Works on one of Nottingham’s busiest roads have now finished.
The £16.2m Ring Road Improvement scheme, which has improved traffic flows and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, started on July 1 2013, funded with £12.8m from the he Department for Transport and £3.4m from the City Council.
The result of the improvements include new, safer road crossings and cycle facilities at key points along the route, better road surfaces and additional lanes at hot spots to allow vehicles to pass through more easily.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “I am pleased to say that, apart from a few minor works, the improvements to the Ring Road are now finished. These works were essential for city businesses, residents and visitors alike and will allow faster and safer movement around the city for many years to come. I am extremely grateful to residents, businesses and motorists for their patience whilst we have undertaken these works. I do appreciate that these works have affected a lot of people, but unfortunately major works like this do take time and can’t be done without disruption. The ring road 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 that use it every day.
“I am confident that the many improvements, including additional lanes, new traffic signals, better pedestrian facilities and cycle crossings, have made the project very worthwhile.”
Work on the Ring Road (A6514) has delivered significant benefits for road users and pedestrians at these locations:
• Crown Island – the northbound carriageway has been widened from two to three lanes between Crown Island and A610 Nuthall Road, pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities improved, circulating lanes added to increase traffic flow, new traffic signals put in place and the area has been landscaped.
• Valley Road (Mansfield Road to Hucknall Road) – new pavements have created a level surface for pedestrians and cyclists and a new toucan crossing allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road more safely.
• Hucknall Road roundabout – new kerbs have been laid to create a new roundabout layout with better pedestrian and cycling crossings and space made to accommodate additional traffic by increasing the number of Ring Road entry lanes and circulating lanes. The road surface and utility culverts have been improved.
• Western Boulevard – the northbound road between Crown Island and Beechdale Road has been widened to create a third lane to improve traffic flow and pavement works have created a new and level surface for pedestrians and cyclists.
• Middleton Boulevard – the southbound road has been widened with an additional lane from Crown Island to the QMC roundabout (Derby Road), the central reservation retained and improved to keep its ‘boulevard’ feel and new pedestrian and cyclist crossings introduced.
Pedestrians and road users may occasionally see some minor works in the area but these are not expected to have any impact on traffic flow.