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New look for Hucknall town centre

New look for Hucknall town centre

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The long-awaited £12.9 million scheme to build an inner relief road for Hucknall and pedestrianise the upper half of High Street is at last set to become a reality.

Tom Boylan , of Notts County Council highways department, who is the project manager, gave an update on the ground-breaking scheme at a meeting of Hucknall First Community Forum.

Speculation about the new road has continued ever since it was talked about back in the 1930s.

Tom reminded members that the main objectives were to regenerate the town centre, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and improve the environment for pedestrians.

He pointed out that a flood prevention scheme had been incorporated within the proposals. Two mini-roundabouts would be provided on Station Road and a buses-only link was to be created between High Street and the new road.

Loading and unloading of delivery vehicles on High Street would take place before 10am and after 4pm, he added.

Tom said demolition of properties on the route of the inner relief road would start in October and was due to take 10 or 12 weeks.

Work to build the new road is expected to begin in January 2016 and it is due to open to traffic in the following winter.

Improvements have been made to Baker Lane brook, in which there are crayfish, and the site of a former factory on Titchfield Terrace is a favoured option for a new car park.

This would help to make up for the loss of the Station Road car park, which is on the route of the relief road, members were told. During a discussion about calls for free parking, Coun John Wilmott said the forum’s suggestion for two-hour no-charge parking was being considered by Ashfield District Council.

To find out more visit nottinghamshire.gov.uk/hucknallimprovements

if you have a specific question email hucknalltci@nottscc.gov.uk