A number of transport improvement schemes planned for the borough were today officially given the green light by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Increased funding for the Gedling Access Road, a new cycle route in Arnold and Carlton and improvements to the A60 traffic signals on the A60 near Ravenshead were some of the local schemes which were today formally approved by councillors.
They will now receive a slice of the £31m being invested in the county’s transport infrastructure in 2018/19 – a rise of £5m since the initial plans were drawn up last November.
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.
• 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.
Councillors have also gave the green light to move forward with a number of significant infrastructure projects in the borough during 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.
• Improvements to traffic signals on the A60 Nottingham Road in Ravenshead
• 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.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s committee chairman, Cllr 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.
He added: “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.