A free shuttle bus service in Clifton gets under way today to ensure vital public transport links are provided on the estate, as Green Lane is shut to traffic to remodel its junction with the A453.
The widening of the A453 has reached the stage where its junction with Green Lane needs to be overhauled and the closure – which is planned to last eight weeks – has meant Nottingham City Transport has had to make major alterations to some of its services.
Nottingham City Council will provide the free service which will run on a one-way loop from Lark Hill and Nobel Road, via Hartness Road and the Rivergreen area to the medical centre, shops and services in the centre of Clifton.
The council has been liaising closely with local MP Lilian Greenwood, the Highways Agency and Taylor Woodrow Alstom (TWA), who are responsible for the A453 widening scheme and tram extension construction works respectively.
The council say they have been given assurances from the Highways Agency that it will endeavour to complete works at the Green Lane junction as quickly as possible and has asked TWA, the tram contractor, to concentrate its efforts at the junction of Nottingham Road and Farnborough Road, which is currently restricted because of the tram works.
Meanwhile, the council has also been liaising with Nottingham City Transport and welcomes the bus operator’s introduction of a reduced fare in Clifton for the duration of the Highways Agency works to help residents get around the area. Click here for more information about NCT’s plans.
Councillor Jane Urquhart said: “We have been working hard this week with all the relevant parties to see what could be done to improve the situation. We are paying for the new shuttle bus service and are doing all that we can to get both the Highways Agency and Taylor Woodrow Alstom to complete their respective works as quickly as possible.”
Lilian Greenwood said: “While the widening of the A453 and the tram extension to Clifton will make a huge difference in the long term to those living and working in Clifton, the current disruption is making life very difficult for my constituents.
“I am encouraged that all the parties involved are working together to try and find solutions and I particularly welcome the free shuttle bus.”