D2N2 is proud to have invested £6.12 million from the Local Growth Fund into Nottingham’s Southern Growth Corridor.
The £9.62million ‘Southern Growth Corridor’ project, also referred to as the ‘Nottingham Eco-Expressway’ has created a high capacity, high frequency, low carbon (emissions), and sustainable transport bus corridor running east-west through Nottingham.
This ten kilometres long corridor of bus lanes connects the proposed Gedling Access Route (GAR) in the former Gedling Colliery area east of Nottingham to the Boots Enterprise Zone site (part of the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone) to the west; and enhance links to existing bus-based park and ride sites, the electric Medilink and Centrelink services, and Nottingham city centre bus stations.
The corridor is designed to serve existing employment sites and to cater for the travel demand predicted from new housing, employment and leisure developments along its length. Electric buses and, it is proposed, private electric vehicles will use the route.
The project aims to deliver 13 single decker electric buses and a charging compound alongside 5km of priority bus lane leading to a 5% reduction in bus journey times along the route. This, it’s hoped will result in a 3% increase in customers.
Nottingham City Council and the Department for Transport’s ‘Green Bus Fund’ (£3.5m) also part-funded the project.
An electric bus compound at the Queen’s Drive Park & Ride, to charge the new buses, has been built.
Work is now ongoing to complete bus priority lanes (featuring new pedestrian crossing points, and bus stops with solar-powered shelters) along roads including Daleside Road, by the end of 2017. The whole project should be completed by March 2018.