Construction on the Gedling Access Road is expected to begin today (6 January) after D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership approved its share of funding for the project.
D2N2 will contribute £10.8m from its Local Growth Fund allocation towards the construction of the Gedling Access Road (GAR). D2N2 is funding the project in line with its remit to support economic growth across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to create a more productive, sustainable, and inclusive region.
The investment in the new access road will result in unlocking significant new jobs and homes for the area whilst creating a more sustainable and reliable transport infrastructure for Gedling and the surrounding area.
Main construction work is due to last 18 months, once complete in the Autumn of 2021, the almost 4km long road will run between the existing A612 Trent Valley Road/Nottingham Road and the B684 Mapperley Plains Road.
The GAR will link to the existing highway network across 7 key junctions, one of which will link to the redevelopment of the former Gedling Colliery site.
The ‘Gedling Housing Zone’ will be a mix of over 1000 homes and commercial properties supporting 200 jobs.
Gedling Access Road
When complete, the GAR will also create a bypass link to the east of Gedling, and consequently Nottingham city centre, therefore improving the connectivity of the local road network whilst simultaneously reducing traffic congestion, particularly in Gedling Village.
In line with other projects funded by D2N2 to encourage clean growth and sustainable transport, the GAR will also feature a 3m wide pedestrian and cycle path along its length.
The £10.8m contribution from D2N2 is part of an overall package of funding which includes £17m from Keepmoat Homes, £5.4m from Nottinghamshire County Council, and £7.1m from the Home & Community Agency totalling over £40m.
D2N2 Chair Elizabeth Fagan commented on the approval of funding for the road: “The construction of the Gedling Access Road is a huge opportunity for unlocking new housing and employment for Gedling.”
“High quality and reliable infrastructure is critical to giving businesses the confidence to invest in our area and therefore create further opportunities for the whole region to enjoy.”
Minister for Local Growth Rt Hon Jake Berry MP said: “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the Midlands Engine and levelling up every place in the country.”
“Thanks to £10.8 million of Government investment from our Local Growth Fund, people across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will benefit from a modern, sustainable transport network with faster, less congested roads and increased accessibility with improved cycleways and footpaths. Our ambition is to build on these investments and unleash the economic potential of the region by supporting job creation, building new homes, and boosting clean growth.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “We are delighted to mark the start of a new decade with the Gedling Access Road construction.”
“This is just one of our commitments to new highways projects and we will continue to work closely with our partner agencies throughout the construction period to ensure that the project delivers benefits to the local community and the county as a whole.”
D2N2 is the private sector-led partnership which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It has been allocated more than £250m in LGF funding from the Government, to part-fund infrastructure projects which directly help its area’s economy and create jobs.
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. By 2021 Government will have invested over £12billion through the Local Growth Fund, allowing Local Enterprise Partnerships to use their local knowledge to stimulate economic growth across the country.
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