2013 – 2016: Improving Transport Access and Infrastructure
The Creative Quarter is the Nottingham growth plan’s flagship project, encompassing the Lace Market, Hockley, Sneinton Market and BioCity, our remit is to foster entrepreneurial spirit and create a great environment for innovative business creation and growth. One of the ways we are creating this environment is by improving transport access and infrastructure to help support economic growth in the eastern side of the city centre.
Connecting Eastside Phase 1 was completed in early 2012 with improvements including the redesign of Sneinton market Square, building access for cycle stands, creation of new traffic routes and the widening of certain pavement sections. Phase 2 has commenced and further redevelopment works alike phase 1 are planned to take place in areas across Nottingham approved by the City Council as part of the Capital Programme on 4th March 2014. The programme is funded by Nottingham City Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Works commenced in August 2014 in the area around Sneinton Market on proposals that will make significant improvements to the pedestrian facilities and also improve road surfacing, benefiting all road users. These improvements will complement the proposals to redevelop the avenues within Sneinton Wholesale Market as a focal point for Nottingham’s emerging creative sector.
There are two adjacent public realm improvement schemes in the Carlton Road corridor included within the Creative Quarter programme. These schemes are the Bath Street/Southwell Road/Carlton Road junction pedestrian crossing facility improvements and the Creative Quarter Eastern Approaches public realm improvements which have been brought together in a single works programme.
In addition, following completion of the above works a further Creative Quarter scheme will commence at the Manvers Street/Pennyfoot Street junction which will see the implementation of pedestrian facilities at this signal controlled junction.
The improvements aim to see the character of Heathcoat Street changed to a place for socialising and events, with more space for pedestrians and less dominance of parked cars, make general improvements to the High Cross Street area and widen the eastern footway. To accommodate this widened footway it will be necessary to remove the pay and display bays and the associated pay machines on this side along its entire length.
The pay and display bays and pay machines will remain on the western side of the street and the bays are proposed to be increased in length slightly, to suit the new street design. Loading restrictions within the area are not being changed and therefore can take place from either the east side of the street or within the pay and display parking bays. You can download the plan for Heathcoat Street in the downloads section below.
Derby Road is one of the primary corridors into the city centre from the north and east of the city, as well as an important local retail centre and Nottingham City Council is proposing to make improvements to Derby Road in the near future.
The improvements will help foster increased pedestrian footfall within the area and improve pedestrian activity along the road. Improvements to crossing facilities and the street scene incorporating widened pavements and trees will also make it a better place to visit and live within the city centre. You can download the Plans for Derby Road in the downloads section below.
Castle Approach (Friar Lane)
The scheme covers Friar Lane and the area immediately outside Nottingham Castle, and is a primary pedestrian route to the Castle from Old Market Square. In recognition of the importance of this link, funding was secured though the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme to enhance the pedestrian links to the Castle.
Footfall in this area will increase due to the recent confirmation of lottery funding to improve the visitor experience at Nottingham Castle. As part of the ERDF confirmed public realm works, Friar Lane between Castle Place and Maid Marian Way is to be upgraded to a higher standard to improve the walking route for visitors. Final design works are ongoing presently, with this section updated regarding progress of this scheme once this is confirmed. Works are expected to start in 2015.
Carrington Street / Arkwright Street
Nottingham Railway Station is one of the main transport hubs serving the City Centre and its link to the City Centre is a key “gateway” for both visitors and commuters. Rail station usage, in line with national trends, is expected to increase substantially over the forthcoming years. The scheme would see improvements to parts of Carrington Street and Arkwright Street, to improve areas where the present footway is in poor condition. Work is to be funded as part of the ERDF confirmed public realm works and expected to start in 2015.
This scheme is currently under development. Further information regarding this scheme will be provided here in due course.
To keep up-to-date on the public realm improvements please visit the Nottingham City Council transport page, where you will find regular updates on new projects and road improvements.
Broad Street, Hockley