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2013 - 2016: Overview of the Ring Road (A6514) project

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Work started in summer 2013 on a £16.2m improvement scheme for Nottingham’s Ring Road (A6514)and completed in April 2016.

The Ring Road is one of the city’s busiest and most important routes used by up to 80,000 vehicles per day. It provides connections to strategic destinations and major employers in and around the city centre, as well as linking with three junctions of the M1 to the west of Nottingham and the A46 / A1 to the east. The roads previous layout meant that it struggled to cope with the current volume of traffic, leading to congestion.

Improvements to the Ring Road were promoted through the Local Transport Plan as the City Council’s number one priority major highway improvement project to provide an attractive route for cross-city traffic movements which have been displaced from the city centre following the Turning Point scheme and NET lines 1, 2 and 3.  The scheme was developed to provide significant benefits for road users, pedestrians and cyclists at these locations:

  • Crown Island – as the key congestion hotspot along the Ring Road route, the northbound carriageway has been widened from two to three lanes between Crown Island and A610 Nuthall Road, pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities improved, circulating lanes added to increase traffic flow, new traffic signals put in place and the area has been landscaped.
  • Hucknall Road roundabout – increasing junction capacity by introducing additional Ring Road entry lanes and circulating lanes primarily to improve Ring Road traffic throughput and provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities on all four arms.
  • Aspley Lane – The roundabout has been replaced with a traffic signal controlled junction incorporating crossing facilities.  This provides significant benefits and greatly improves the ability for pedestrians and cyclists to cross all four arms – particularly important given the close proximity of Bluecoat School.
  • Nuthall Road – one of the key traffic movements on the Ring Road is the left turn from Western Boulevard (northbound) onto the A610, Nuthall Road leading towards the M1 at Junction 26.  This movement has been significantly improved through minor lane reallocation, providing left turn availability from the two nearside lanes.
  • Wilkinson Street – the existing signalled junction has been redesigned to incorporate a new pedestrian and cycle crossing across the Ring Road
  • Western Boulevard – the northbound road between Crown Island and Nuthall Road has been widened to create a third lane to improve traffic flow and pavement works have created a new and level surface for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Middleton Boulevard – the southbound road has been widened with an additional lane from Crown Island to the QMC roundabout (Derby Road), retaining the central reservation to keep its ‘boulevard’ feel.  Pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities have been upgraded. 
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Key benefits
  • Reduced traffic congestion and improved traffic flow through junction and link road improvements
  • Improved cross-city travel times 
  • New and upgraded facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, including crossings and improved street lighting
  • Improved bus service reliability and connections with Nottingham Express Transit (NET)
  • Improved highway drainage