Delays expected as first Broadmarsh area work starts

Artist's impression of future entrance from Lister Gate

City centre delays are expected as roadworks connected to the £250m redevelopment of the Broadmarsh area get under way.

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.

These are designed to improve cycle and pedestrian crossings which will in turn improve city access.

The work, starting on Friday, marks an initial stage which will lead on to the massive overhaul of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre and Car Park and the pedestrianisation of Collin Street.

I hope people bear with us

Nottingham City Council Pportfolio holder for growth, jobs and transport, Councillor Nick McDonald said: “The alterations to these roads are fairly minor but will allow the rest of the project to come forward.

“We have designed these works to cause as little inconvenience as possible, carrying out the most disruptive part over a weekend and removing lane restrictions during peak times.

“I hope people bear with us as we embark on this exciting scheme.”

Map: Click the place holders to see how traffic will be affected around Queens Drive

Full plans to redevelop the Broadmarsh centre were given the green light late last year.

Councillor McDonald added: “When I unveiled the plans for the Broadmarsh scheme in December, I promised that work would start early 2016.

“We are only in January and this is exactly what we are starting to do.

“I’m pleased to say that we will be making the area where there will be disruptions safer for pedestrians and cyclists and improving its connection to the city’s cycle network.”

The council’s proposal to transform the area includes the building of Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham’s Skills Hub, the modernisation of the car park and bus station along with the changes to nearby roads.

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