Over £31m worth of transport improvements in Nottinghamshire given the green light
Nottinghamshire County Councillors have formally approved plans to invest more than £31m in the county’s transport infrastructure in 2018/9.
This is a rise of £5m since the initial plans were drawn up last November, which means even more schemes will be funded in 2018/9 to help address local concerns such as the condition of roads and road safety.
The Council’s Communities and Place committee recently agreed to these updated plans with £25.5m due to be spent on highways maintenance and £6.1m for integrated transport improvements in 2018/19.
Schemes set to benefit from the first slice of additional £20m highways funding, announced in January, all received the formal go-ahead. All are due to be completed within the next financial year. These include;
• £3.25m worth of repairs to 111 residential roads around the county.
• Main Road in Jackdale is due to get a new zebra crossing, the current zebra crossing at Kilton Hill in Worksop is due to be converted to puffin crossing, and a new zebra crossing is planned at the A6075 Newark Road, Tuxford. These are all subject to the usual feasibility studies and consultations and are worth a total of up to £150,000.
• More than £100,000 of the additional funding will also be invested towards 28 new interactive speed signs across the county to help address community speed concerns.
Since the draft plans were approved by committee in November, a number of additional schemes have been added to the overall programme for 2018/19. These include the introduction of CCTV at 12 sets of traffic signals on the A38 in Ashfield, additional speed limit reductions, more work to improve pedestrian access such as dropped kerbs to help vulnerable residents, more interactive speed signs and additional schemes to help improve capacity at various locations around the county.
Councillors have also given the green light to move forward with a number of significant infrastructure projects in 2018/9. These include:
• Continued investment to create the new £40m Gedling Access Road, which will help deliver proposed local housing. Construction is due to start Autumn 2018 and open to traffic in 2020.
• £5.3m worth of national investment secured for a major Southwell flood mitigation scheme which aims to benefit 240 properties and 60 businesses.
• A range of schemes (including at Hucknall and Southwell) and feasibility studies to help protect communities from flood risk
• Improvements to traffic signals on the A60 Nottingham Road in Ravenshead and B6326 London Road/Bowbridge Road, Newark to help improve journey times for drivers.
• Plans for a new cycle network in Arnold and Carlton; and the completion of cycling improvements in Beeston to encourage people to cycle – part of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership sustainable transport programmes.
Committee Chairman, Councillor John Cottee said,
“Journey time delays, road safety and condition of our roads are the main issues which residents are telling us about – so these plans aim to help address these priorities.
“And while the additional £20m worth of highways funding, announced in January, is predominantly being used to improve our residential roads most in need of maintenance and repair work, the money will also help address road safety by funding new pedestrian crossings and interactive speed signs.
“We are also following up on our commitment to having extra investment in pothole repairs in 2018/9, with an additional £2m confirmed, which is part of a £25.5m budget for highways maintenance.
“As well as being committed to investing in our roads, our cycling networks are, of course, vital in encouraging people to cycle to help improve health, reduce congestion and improve local air quality. Having secured funding for cycling improvements from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership we have already improved the cycling network in West Bridgford, with improvements to the Mansfield and Newark networks due to be finished in 2018/19 and a new network for the Arnold and Carlton area also planned for next year.
“We think this programme makes the best use of budgets as well as offering a sensible balance of schemes to reflect the needs of each district.”
Various public consultations are due to take place in the coming months as feedback from local residents, businesses and interest groups are vital in shaping transport plans such as the cycling schemes and flood alleviation schemes planned for next year.