The works will be carried out in phases up to November 2015. The first phase will between North Circus Street and Upper College Street and will last for around 11 weeks, working up from North Circus Street towards Upper College Street. The pavements will be widened and resurfaced with new paving for their entire length, new trees and street lighting will be installed and parking spaces will remain on both sides.
To carry out this first phase some temporary arrangements will be needed, including:
· Reducing traffic to two lanes
· Introducing temporary bus stops
· Closing Upper College Street at its junction with Derby Road towards the beginning of May
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning at Nottingham City Council, said: "We are making a range of improvements to pavements and roads in the city centre and the Creative Quarter to improve the local environment, make the areas more attractive and increase economic activity for local businesses. The City Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the works. Access to local businesses, loading and off street parking will always be maintained during the works."
The business community on Derby Road welcomes the improvements. Geoff Williams, Chair of the Derby Road Steering Group said: "Derby Road is an important destination, an independent shopping street in the city, with a range of shops, services and local businesses. We know that the improvements will make the street a more pleasant place for customers to visit in the future so look forward to the results even though there will inevitably be some short term pain due to the works."
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Growth, commented: "We see independent retailers as key to the success of the city's retail strategy. With all the investment in infrastructure Nottingham has seen over the past few years, these improvements are part of a wider vision that opens the city centre and its approaches up to residents and visitors and makes the most of all Nottingham has to offer in terms of retail and leisure.
These improvements are part of a programme of works to support access to, and economic growth in, the Creative Quarter. The Creative Quarter programme is funded by Nottingham City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.