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Build fourth Trent crossing at Colwick and improve borough roads, Gedling MP urges new East Midlands Mayor

Labour's Claire Ward was elected as the first ever East Midlands mayor earlier this month and was handed a £1.5 billion transport fund.


Gedling MP Tom Randall has written to the new East Midlands Mayor outlining what he says are the area’s transport priorities, which include a fourth Trent crossing at Colwick and carrying out road resurfacing works.

Labour’s Claire Ward was elected as the first ever East Midlands mayor earlier this month and was handed a £1.5 billion transport fund.

Randall has now written to her saying a fourth Trent crossing at Colwick would ‘relieve traffic pressure in places such as Netherfield, Colwick and Burton Joyce’ along with Gedling village and Stoke Bardolph.

He wrote it would also ‘increase connectivity to the eastern part of Greater Nottingham’ – providing ‘better access to local jobs’ for residents across Gedling borough.

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The letter then goes on to highlight the priority of fixing Gedling’s roads using funding from the new Mayor’s transport fund.

He finished the letter by saying looks forward to ‘hearing what steps’ the Mayor proposes to take to help fix Gedling’s roads after her campaign pledge to ‘invest in quality road resurfacing’.

After sending the letter, Randall said: “Both of these transport priorities can be addressed with funding from our Mayor’s £1.5 billion transport fund and I look forward to working with the Mayor on progressing them.”

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  1. I wonder if he wants to name it after me given the years I’ve been banging on to him about it, and being roundly ignored. I know the leader of Gedling BC supports the idea too. However, a road bridge at Colwick would be too close to town to serve as a vital functional trunk route, and would just create a new bottleneck for the businesses on Colwick Industrial Estate and would devastate access through netherfield by putting pressure on the wrong roads which are least able to handle the strain. It would need to be at the end of an upgraded-for-purpose Stoke Lane, inserting a roundabout near Sarval, routing a “new stoke lane” parallel to the existing ones around 75-100m south, crossing the Ouse dyke then over the Trent a reasonable way north of the lock and weir. That would allow a spur to link directly to Shelford Road which would need to be upgraded and linked directly to the A52 via an upgraded Outfield Lane, or ideally as close to the Saxondale interchange as possible with consideration to existing settlements. The logic for a road on that route is the most solid, allows smaller links to Radcliffe and Shelford. It provides relief for emergency road closures from collisions at gunthorpe by rerouting through Shelford, provides some relief to the ladybay and Trent bridges by channeling traffic which has no choice but to go there. And by properly connecting the route to the loop road close to the GAR it’ll put the new road to far stronger purpose by connecting north and east Nottingham to the A52 and A46, and will draw investment to our side of the city. Build it, and they will come.

  2. It’s his last chance to become relevant. I bought a lettuce yesterday and it will last longer than Tom does as an MP.


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