Works begin next week on Maid Marian Way roundabout revamp

Following preparation works, roadworks that are set to transform the large roundabout on Maid Marian Way will begin on Tuesday 7 May.

Nottingham City Council has secured external funding for this scheme that will improve pedestrian and cycling connectivity within the city centre by changing the road layout to make it safer for everyone, as well as providing additional green space on an important gateway into the city.

This project is being delivered using grant funding secured from Central Government through the Future High Street Fund programme.

The Council does anticipate some disruption to traffic throughout this project and apologises for this inconvenience.

For the first phase of works from 7 May the below traffic management arrangements will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

– The inner traffic lane of roundabout will be coned off.

– The offside approach lanes will be coned off.

– Maid Marian Way southbound offside lane will be coned off.

– There are no changes to bus routes or bus stopping arrangements in this phase.

– The pedestrian crossing points at the roundabout will be kept operational.

– The pedestrian crossing point at Mount Street (west side) will be impacted, with
pedestrians needing to use alternative crossings.

A construction compound will be set up on Wellington Circus. To maintain vehicle access around North Circus Street, Wellington Circus and East Circus Street, some parking bays will be temporarily suspended.

The roundabout will remain in use for traffic until late summer when it will be closed to allow it to be completely removed and the new junction built. Diversion information and updates will be shared ahead of time to make travel in the area as easy as possible during the works.

The Council encourages everyone to sign up for their Transport Nottingham email, which keeps more than 30,000 subscribers updated on the latest disruption and travel information.

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and Planning, Councillor Angela Kandola, said:

“Thank you for bearing with us during this huge project – our team will be doing all they can to ensure the works are carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible, while putting the safety of residents, commuters and workers first.”

More information about the project. The changes mean that:

– The roundabout will be replaced with a traffic light-controlled ‘T’ junction which will incorporate pedestrian crossing points and improved cycle facilities.

– The current green space in the middle of the roundabout will be removed and instead areas of planting will be introduced around the edges of the new junction creating a more attractive space to walk through.

– Trees will be planted to replace those removed for the works.

– The junction of Mount Street and Maid Marian Way will be altered to make it simpler for pedestrians to cross the road.

– Traffic heading south from the western (Castle) side of Maid Marian Way currently has to turn left from Mount Street and ‘U’ turn at the roundabout.

– Once the project is complete, traffic will be able to turn right from Mount Street making the journey simpler and reducing vehicular miles and emissions.

– A new left turn will be opened on Park Row to allow traffic to head north onto Maid Marian Way for routes heading north and west.

– A rain garden will be added helping to manage rainwater in a sustainable way by using plants that enjoy waterlogged conditions in a low-lying area.

A public consultation carried out in winter 2022 received more than 400 responses, with many motorists, cyclists and pedestrians agreeing that the current roundabout layout didn’t work and that the proposed T-Junction layout would be preferable. More than half (54%) of pedestrians said the current roundabout was ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ for pedestrians to use.

Posted on 13 May 2024

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