Construction work officially started today on the new £40m Gedling Access Road.
Councillors from Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council today joined partners from Via East Midlands, Balfour Beatty, Keepmoat Homes, D2N2 and Homes England to officially mark the beginning of the 18 month project at the site.
The 3.8km road will ease congestion in Gedling Village and facilitate the building of over 1,000 much needed new homes on the former Gedling Colliery and Chase Farm sites.
The Gedling Access Road, which will run from Mapperley Plains to the A612 at the Burton Road/Nottingham Road and Trent Valley Way junction, will also improve access to Gedling Borough Council owned Gedling Country Park.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “Bringing the Gedling Access Road project into fruition has been a real partnership effort, I’m proud Gedling Borough Council led the way in bringing partners together to secure the investment needed for its construction which will alleviate pressure on Gedling Village and attract many more visitors to our fantastic Gedling Country Park.
“I’d like to thank all partners for their support for this important project. Nottinghamshire County Council gave its backing to this project back in March 2017 and it’s fantastic to finally see work begin on the construction of the road.’
Initial works which have taken place include site clearance across the entire 3.8km stretch of the road to prepare for major earth movement and drainage works in coming weeks.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said The Gedling Access Road will lead the way for future sustainable development in the area.
She said: “The completed road will pave the way for new housing and business developments to better provide for Gedling as a thriving community whilst reducing the amount of traffic on urban roads. The existing roads will remain to provide a quieter route for local traffic, including buses, cyclists, and pedestrians.
“Upon completion of the GAR, the new road will become the A6211, and the existing route will be declassified, save for Colwick Loop Road which will be reclassified as a ‘B’ class road. It is also intended to reduce the speed limit on Arnold Lane and introduce a 7.5t Environmental Weight Limit on Burton Road, Shearing Hill.
“The project is significant to the community as it will reduce congestion in Gedling Village and will increase connectivity with the wider road network.
Via East Midlands Managing Director, Doug Coutts, added: “Via East Midlands is proud to be managing the design and delivery of the Gedling Access Road, a project which will improve congestion in the area whilst unlocking significant development and investment opportunities.
“There has already been a significant amount of work delivered to plan and prepare the site and working with our partners, we look forward to constructing a new key route for Nottinghamshire.”