Following public consultation, Nottingham City Council has decided to progress plans to permanently close Victoria Embankment to through traffic, with the aim of making the park a safer, more attractive environment for people to enjoy.
A trial has been in place since August last year, and a public consultation was carried out in March.
More than 1,500 people responded to the consultation, around a third of whom live in the Meadows area. Of all the respondents, 54 per cent supported the proposal to make the closure permanent, while 44 per cent were against.
Councillor Rosemary Healy, Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “We have taken the decision to progress with the permanent scheme, based on the outcome of the consultation, alongside factors including the council’s traffic monitoring.
“Creating a traffic-free environment has improved access to the riverside, parks and gardens. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from both residents and visitors who have found the space quieter and safer, and enjoyed using it more.
“In a survey last year, residents told us that parks and green spaces are important to them, and that people are looking to walk and cycle more in the wake of the pandemic. We’ll be replacing the current, temporary barriers with permanent signage more in keeping with the area, and better designed to deter motorists trying to drive around the closure points.
“This is one of several measures we’re implementing to make walking and cycling easier, and I’d like to thank everyone who responded to the consultations in March and April.”
The next steps will include detailed design of the physical features to be installed at the closure points, and undertaking the required formal Traffic Regulation Order, to be consulted on over the summer.
The council received over 3,300 responses to public consultations on more than a dozen schemes, and have been analysing the feedback in detail over the last month.
The measures aim to encourage sustainable travel, and support a green recovery from Covid-19, using £2.5m awarded to the City Council from the Government’s Active Travel Fund.
- Proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit in the city centre – 71 per cent of respondents supported, but there is more work to do to develop the scheme before a final decision will be made
- Proposals to deter cut-through traffic in the Arboretum – While many respondents were supportive of the aims of the scheme, there was limited support for the specific measures proposed. Due to the limited support, the council will not be taking the proposed scheme forward, but will continue to meet with local groups to explore alternatives
- Proposal to improve road safety, pedestrian and cycle links in Derby Road – The response to the consultation was positive, and the scheme will be going ahead later this year
- Proposal for a toucan crossing on Low Wood Road – The majority of responses were supportive, and construction is set to begin in September
- Proposals for School Streets schemes across the city – The council consulted on proposals outside 15 schools in the city. As a result of the consultations, measures will be made permanent at 14 schools.
For more information on all the schemes visit our project page.