Work to prepare for transformation of Broadmarsh area starts

Cllr McDonald preperation work starts

Nottingham City Council will start work on Wilford Road and Wilford Street on Friday 22 January as part of its £250 million plan to transform and regenerate the Broadmarsh area.

Lanes on Wilford Road and Wilford Street will be altered to provide two lanes coming out of the city centre and one lane going in. Better pedestrian and cycle crossings will be installed at the junction of Wilford Road, Queen’s Drive and Waterway Street West and a better pedestrian crossing will be installed at the junction of Wilford Street, Wilford Road and Castle Meadow Road.

The alterations will enable the proposed regeneration of the Broadmarsh area while, at the same time, enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists and improving access to the city’s wider cycle network.

From 7pm on Friday 22 January to 5.30am on Monday 25 January there will be no right turn from Queen’s Drive to Waterway Street West, no right turn from Waterway Street West to Wilford Road and no entry to Wilford Road from Wilford Street (but access to Castle Meadow Road will remain open). Traffic, including the Citylink 1 and W4 buses, will be diverted via signed routes.

From 5.30am on Monday 25 January until the end of June there will be no right turn from Waterway Street West to Wilford Road and, between 9.30am and 3.30pm from Monday to Friday and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, there will be various lane restrictions in this area.

The council’s wide-ranging proposal to transform and regenerate the Broadmarsh area, unveiled last month, involves the redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh and includes the building of Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham’s Skills Hub, the modernisation of the car park and bus station and proposed changes to nearby roads.

Alongside the planned improvements to Nottingham Castle, the scheme will transform the southern end of the city centre into a top-class destination for retail, leisure and education and is expected to create 2,900 jobs and attract an extra three million visitors, spending £25 million a year. More information is available at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/broadmarsharea.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said: “When I unveiled the plans for the Broadmarsh scheme in December, I promised that work would start early in 2016. We are only in January and that is exactly what we are starting to do. The alterations to these roads are fairly minor but will allow the rest of the project to come forward. I’m pleased to say that, at the same time, we will be making this area safer for pedestrians and cyclists and improving its connection to the city’s cycle network.

“We have designed the works to cause as little inconvenience as possible, carrying out the most disruptive part over a weekend and removing lane restrictions during peak times, so I hope people will bear with us as we embark on this exciting scheme.”

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