GEDLING ACCESS ROAD: March opening date confirmed for £49m ‘Colliery Way’

Works on the 3.8km of new road began in January 2020 which will link the A612 at Burton Joyce with Mapperley Plains

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The opening date for the delayed Gedling Access Road has now been officially confirmed

Colliery Way, as it will now be called, will finally open to traffic on March 22.

The £49 million road will link the A612 with Mapperley Plains and Nottinghamshire County Council say it will improve journey times, reduce congestion through Gedling Village and bring new homes, jobs and businesses to the area.

Works on the 3.8km of new road began in January 2020 and construction teams have since moved 512,000 cubic metres of earth, equivalent to 204 Olympic swimming pools, laid 45,816 tonnes of tarmac and installed 30 kilometres of drainage pipes and cable ducts. 

53,000 new trees being planted across the site, and ecological measures including seven badger tunnels, six amphibian crossings and seven bat hop-overs being constructed.

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Traffic will be able to use the new road from midday on March 22. 

Councillor John Clarke MBE, leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “We are very pleased that after so many years, the new road is here.

Construction on new Gedling Access Road
PICTURED: Construction began on the new Gedling Access Road at Lambley Lane back in 2020
Burton Road Junction with Gedling Access Road
The Burton Road junction with the A612 was closed so work could take place on the Gedling Access Road (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)

“The Colliery Way will contribute towards the ongoing housing development in the area, creating much needed new homes, with improved access to the Chase Farm development and improved access to our Gedling Country Park. This all directly contributes to the local economy through new jobs and more people moving into the area to live and work. 

“This road will also be welcomed by the residents of Gedling Village who will see a big reduction in through traffic, it will give them their village back, which is something we have been wanting to achieve for a long time. 

“The name of the road also ensures that the rich heritage of the former colliery, upon which this road will be built on, is not forgotten and it’s a fantastic symbol of the regeneration of the area alongside the very popular Gedling Country Park.”

Councillor Ben Bradley MP, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The Gedling Access Road has been in the pipeline for over 50 years and so I am extremely proud that we have delivered this project for the benefit of residents and motorists, not just in Gedling, but across Nottinghamshire also. 

“Colliery Way is much more than just a new road – it will provide access to new high-quality, low-cost homes to help people get on the property ladder and will bring about journey time savings and other safety and efficiency benefits worth at least £73 million.

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Will Morlidge, Interim Chief Executive Officer at D2N2 LEP said: “It’s great to see Colliery Way ready to open to the public – high quality and reliable infrastructure is critical to giving businesses the confidence to invest in our area and therefore create further opportunities for the whole region to enjoy.”

“Residents and businesses in the area will see the many benefits of this new road for many years to come.” 

Neil Hodgson, group manager at Via East Midlands, said: “Via East Midlands is proud to have played a pivotal role over a number of years in designing, developing and managing the delivery of this major project alongside our partners. 

“To see the project complete in 2022 is testament to the time and commitment of our project team and we’re delighted to see the road open to traffic.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. What a waste of the tax payers’ money along with the proposed fourth Trent road crossing. No mention of the Tram by anyone or other public transport improvements. What choice do we have? The Tories back this scheme as do Labour so why bother voting in the upcoming council elections??????
    Gedling is becoming an increasingly unpleasant pace to live – partly because of the traffic and pollution. The solution according to ALL local Politicians is more schemes to bring in yet more traffic. The state of existing roads in Gedling is terrible and there are some VERY dangerous junctions e.g. at the end of Sandfield Road near Arnot Hill park. This junction is highly dangerous to road vehicles and particularly pedestrians. The traffic at The Vale Public house now backs up to the corner of Thackeray’s lane/Saville road quite regularly. The Thackeray’s lane roundbaout gridlocks. I don’t think we need more traffic thank you. Gedling Politicians, be imaginative and not stuck in the 1960s thinking.

  2. If the new Pit Lane reduces the traffic through Gedling Village and Sheering Hill it will be worth about a quarter of the inflated price we were charged for it . Most of the money was used to provide a prestige project for the council leaders and councillors and bumper profits for the contractors. It should never have cost that much . 🙁

  3. Come on Via, remove the bus plug at the end of the GAR, its causing traffic blockage with the traffic lights on the plug and at the GAR access. You must know this happens so why allow it to continue????

  4. Come on Via, remove the bus plug at the end of the GAR, its causing traffic blockage with the traffic lights on the plug and at the GAR access. You must know this happens so why allow it to continue????

  5. How has it been in the pipeline for 50 years when the pits were still operational that’s a load of rubbish I used to ride to ferry boat and elm tree pub there was no traffic so why would anybody be thinking about a access road, all this one has done has destroyed wild life trees buildings and built more congestion great stuff I’d like to say a lot more but I can’t

  6. This road will also be welcomed by the residents of Gedling Village who will see a big reduction in through traffic ==> We do not all welcome it. It has not improved Gedling village at all and I notice no difference in traffic patterns today than previously. My road is still being used as a rat run by commuters from Lambley and beyond.

    The basic problem, apart from the obscene waste of money, is that it doesn’t go anywhere useful. I drove on it yesterday but not to get anywhere I wanted to go, just to check it out. It spits you out on Mapperley Plains just short of some traffic lights. At congested times, it simply won’t work.

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