As we start 2013 Nottingham looks as though it will be at the forefront of some amazing new transport systems.
The A453 widening starts this months – making the route into Nottingham from the M1 and south a proper road – not the horse-track we currently have. This dualling is long overdue. I think this will have the biggest and most measurable impact on the City.
And then the tram works continues. The £500m scheme will become even more visible during 2013. The mess is visible at the moment. Like most of these major infrastructure projects I guess we will expect it to get worse before it gets better? I have mixed views on the tram. By it’s very nature it is pretty inflexible. It goes no-where near my house (the local NIMBY’s are happy) but it does go past my office – and into town. If the fares are reduced I may even use it!
Then we should hear shortly that the HS2 extension will come through our region. As I blogged before Christmas – it will be an interesting question about whether we get a stop – the second question will be whether it will be in Nottingham or in Derby. Or at Toton Sidings. This will have my full support if we get a stop. If we don’t it won’t (it will then be a waste of money!).
These three projects have the capability of putting Nottingham well and truly on the map. Two are underway – or will be and the third looks a good odds-on favourite. We just have to tolerate the short term mess?