Funding has been secured for a new park and ride facility aimed at tackling congestion through Arnold and Redhill.
The new scheme is one of 50 to receive funding and will introduce a new park and ride at the Redhill Roundabout – where the A60 meets the A614.
New bus lanes would also be created along the route into the city to help improve journey times and tackle congestion.
The cash for the £6mm scheme has come from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund, which aims to improve productivity and spread prosperity by investing in public and sustainable transport in some of the largest English cities.
Councillor Michael Payne represents Arnold North and Redhill for the county and borough councils and said he was delighted that the much-needed scheme had received funding.
He told Gedling Eye: “I’ve constantly campaigned for improvements on the A60 Mansfield Road through Redhill and Arnold to reduce congestion, improve safety for local residents, pedestrians and drivers and alleviate pressure on this busy bottleneck on the approach to and exit from Nottingham city.
“Last year I pressed for Nottingham County Council to bid to Government for funding for a scheme to develop a park and ride facility near Leapool Roundabout on the edge of Redhill and Arnold. I also wrote to The Secretary of State for Transport to urge to government to support our bid and provide funding to improve the situation.
“I am delighted the bid has been successful and £6m has been provided to working up a detailed scheme to provide a bus park and ride facility and other improvement measures along the A60.
“The A60 through Redhill has long been one of the busiest stretches of road in Nottingham, with particularly severe congestion at peak times and significant problems with air quality in and around the Daybrook Square area. Securing this funding is a step in the right direction to improve things for local residents in Redhill and Arnold, as well as the many drivers and commuters who have to use this stretch of road every day.
The leader of Gedling Borough Council John Clarke told Local Democracy Reporter Kit Sandeman that news the funding had been improved was ‘extremely welcome’.
He said: “I remember telling John Prescott that route into the city was one of the busiest routes in the country, and obviously it’s got a lot worse since then.
“So it’s really welcome, and I think it will make a big difference.
“It’s also got some terrible levels of air pollution along that route, so anything we can do to reduce that is a good thing.”