Work can now start on a package of measures to improve Nottingham’s Ring Road after receiving final approval from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker 4 July 2013.
Improvements include upgrading and redesigning key junctions at Aspley Lane, Crown Island and Hucknall Road, widening of the carriageway, reconstruction of carriageway most in need of repair and better road facilities for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.
The scheme is expected to cost £16.2m, with a £12.8 million contribution from the Government and the City Council providing £3.4m.
Work is scheduled for completion in Summer 2015.
The work is needed to tackle congestion on the ring road and improve public transport in the city.
Norman Baker said:
The ring road already suffers from congestion; planned housing and employment growth will generate additional pressures.
The work I have approved will ease this congestion, improve bus journey times and make the road safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The £12.8 million we are putting into this scheme shows that the coalition government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth.
The scheme comprises:
- upgrading of key junctions and selective widening
- reconstruction of areas of the carriageway most in need of repair
- improved facilities to help change between bus services on the main routes into Nottingham and Ring Road services
- improved conditions for pedestrians and cyclists including new and upgraded crossing facilities.
The scheme was one of those given funding approval in late 2011 as part of the Spending Review process. Work can now start on the construction with the project scheduled to complete in summer 2015.