Gedling Access Road given the go-ahead

A new road which will ease heavy traffic surrounding the former Gedling colliery site has been approved.

The plans were given the green light by Gedling Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday evening and construction could begin as soon as spring 2015.

The 3.8km road will run from Mapperley Plains through to the A612 at the Burton Road and Trent Valley Way junction.

Known as Gedling Access Road, the route will provide a bypass for Gedling village, particularly Shearing Hill and Main Road.

The new road will cost £32.4 million, with £14.6 million coming from local developers and the remaining money provided by the Local Transport Board and the Homes and Communities Agency.

One of the main aims of the road is to allow safe access to the old Gedling pit site for residential and employment purposes – which could lead to an upsurge in local economy and may attract businesses to locate in Gedling.

Council Leader, John Clarke, thinks the road is a major step forward in the development of the borough’s former colliery site.

He said:

The road is key to relieving traffic congestion and unlocking a really important regeneration opportunity of this important coalfield site.

Former mayor of Gedling, Bob Collis, thinks the change has been a long time coming.

He tweeted: “Gedling Access Road approved by GBC Planning Committee this evening. Only been talked about since the 1920´s.”

Construction on Gedling Access Road is expected to be completed by 2019.

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