Nottingham City Council’s Station Street improvements, which are being part-funded by European money, will be completed by July next year.
The £1.375 million environmental improvement scheme features new paving and road surfaces, new traffic management measures and enhancements to the appearance of the area. It is being carried out to help regenerate the area around the railway station, complementing its recent £60 million transformation, the new Nottingham Station tram stop, which is fully integrated with the railway station, and the £1.4 million Townscape Heritage programme to restore historical shop fronts in the Carrington Street area.
Preparatory works for the Station Street scheme started in September and, so far, ground investigations, the repair of a collapsed sewer and the installation of new drainage have been completed. The preparation of road and pavement surfaces is under way.
New pavement and road surfaces, including tactile paving to help visually impaired people, will then be laid, trees will be planted and new street lights will be installed. When it is finished, Station Street from Carrington Street to Trent Street will consist of an easily accessible paved area for pedestrians and cyclists. It will be available for outdoor café seating and pop-up market stalls. Following consultation on the use of Station Street, the taxi feeder rank will be relocated to Trent Street, with a pick-up point on Station Street opposite Loxley House.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said: “When the scheme is finished, we will have a thriving new area which both looks attractive and improves connectivity around the railway station. The station serves more than seven million passengers each year, who will benefit from the improvements to the surrounding area.”
After these works are completed, further improvements will be carried out to create a one-way loop for traffic along Trent Street and Station Street towards London Road to improve the flow of traffic around the station.
The scheme is funded by Nottingham City Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Government through City Deal and D2N2’s Local Growth Fund.
Details of the scheme can be accessed through a web app at https://arcg.is/1R4rbGW.