A look back at transport in 2023

A look back on Transport 2023

We take a look at some of our transport 2023 highlights.


  • We partnered with VivaCity to reduce congestion and emissions across the city

Across Nottingham, VivaCity installed sensors with a mix of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), traffic monitoring and Smart Signal Control system capabilities. These sensors enable us to understand the city’s road network in a level of detail that has not been possible before.

  • Nottingham Transport Summit

In partnership with Midlands Connect, Nottingham City Council hosted the Nottingham Transport Summit at Nottingham Trent University on Monday 16 January, with over 80 delegates attending to hear about exciting new projects.

  • We wrapped up the UK’s first wireless electric charging trial

During the trial, almost 1,000 wireless charging events took place by over 20 taxi drivers.


  • We continued to offer free travel for older and disabled people

We went above and beyond when it comes to concessionary travel.

  • The Streets for People programme made excellent progress

Across all twenty wards pavements and walkways are being upgraded to make them safer, especially taking into consideration the needs of older people and those with less mobility. Roads and cycle paths are also being repaired to help improve traffic flow and safety. Trees were planted to make neighbourhoods nicer.

  • Campaign for Better Transport gave us a visit

The UK’s leading sustainable transport campaign group, Campaign for Better Transport, visited Nottingham to see for itself how the country’s only Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) has revolutionised how people travel around the city.


  • Real-time information in your pocket

A trial in the city centre used QR codes at bus stops to allow you to access real-time information wherever you are in the city.

We look forward to continuing to work with Active Travel England to secure funding and deliver quality schemes.


  • E-bikes

Bike hire operator Lime launched an electric bike rental scheme in Nottingham.

People riding Lime e-bikes.


  • The new Bulwell Bus Station opened

Olympian Emily Campbell officially opened the brand-new Bulwell Bus Station and passengers began using the newly refurbished station after a 900k revamp funded by a central Government grant.

  • Thousands of streetlights were replaced with new LEDs across Nottingham

Nottingham City Council successfully bid for £7m from the Government’s Levelling Up fund, which was used for this work. The ambitious programme began in July 2022, starting with Sherwood and Clifton. LEDs will be installed ward by ward until completion in March 2024.


  • We accepted over £1.7million from the Active Travel Fund

The funding was allocated specifically for investment along Porchester Road in Mapperley – a key part of the strategic cycle network.

  • The Electric Van Experience came to an end

The innovative trial offering local businesses in Nottingham and Derby the chance to try electric vehicles before they buy ended with 79 organisations planning to take on 158 electric or hybrid vehicles.


  • Segregated cycling route along St Ann’s Well Road

Thanks to money from the Active Travel Fund, work started on making walking improvements and a new cycling route on St Ann’s Well Road.

  • New walking and cycling route in Bilborough

Construction started to build a new walking and cycling route along Beechdale Road, Hollington Road and Wigman Road. These upgraded routes will create better connections to the wider cycle network, and provide a safer route for residents, businesses and schools.

  • Travel support given to Nottingham City Council care leavers

Young people leaving the care of Nottingham City Council benefit from free travel on local public transport to help them get started in the next stage of their lives.

  • Road and Local Transport Minister Visit

Road and Local Transport Minister Richard Holden visited Nottingham to see for himself how the city’s award-winning sustainable transport system is bucking national trends.


  • New wheelchair and pushchair-friendly paths

We completed major improvements to the footpaths at Colwick Country Park.

  • Cheaper travel for all under 22’s

Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council worked in partnership to deliver Nottinghamshire U22, a new ticketing price point on buses and trams across the county offering student prices to all under 22-year-olds.


  • More EV Charge Points

The city council was allocated £1.7 million from the Government to increase the number of electric vehicle (EV) charge points in the city.


  • A new bus lane on the A610 was created

A Transforming Cities-funded project designed to cut public transport journey times and relieve pressure on the A610 was completed.

  • We partnered with Go Jauntly to promote walking routes across Nottingham

The walks on Go Jauntly form part of the wider Travel Well programme. The programme aims to help support people to walk and cycle more for a healthier life.


  • 50 bus service

Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT) Red Line 50 bus service now runs later into the evenings and seven days a week thanks to the Bus Service Improvement Plan.

Plus, our publicly owned bus company celebrated three major wins at the national UK Bus Awards, including a Gold award – Recruitment and Retention Award, Silver award – Top National Bus Driver, Tika Gurung and a Bronze award for Top City operator.


  • New secure bike storage facility at Broad Marsh

We opened a brand-new secure bike storage facility in the building home to the Broad Marsh Bus Station, car park and new Central Library.

  • We worked with NET 

We worked with NET Nottingham Tram to complete a financial restructuring project, which will safeguard the future viability of the system following the pandemic and major increases in the cost of electricity.

Some big projects are on the horizon for 2024 including Travel Well, the new River Trent cycling and walking bridge and many more.