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Nottingham to invest £16.2 million in cutting congestion

Work to relief congestion on Nottingham’s Ring Road can go ahead after receiving the final nod of approval from Transport Minister Norman Baker this week.

Nottingham city centre is to benefit from congestion relieving work to its Ring RoadThe new £16.2 million scheme, with £12.8 million provide by the Department for Transport, will incorporate widening the carriageway at key points and junctions, reconstruction in areas most need of repair and improved facilities for bus service users on the main routes into Nottingham. Finally, improvements will be made for the benefit of pedestrians and cyclists including new and upgraded crossing facilities.

It’s expected that the work will reduce congestion, improve public transport into the city and make it more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

Norman Baker said: "The ring road already suffers from congestion; planned housing and employment growth will generate additional pressures.

"The £12.8 million we are putting into this scheme shows that the coalition government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth."

The scheme was one of those given funding approval in late 2011 as part of the Spending Review process. Work can now start on the construction, with the project scheduled to complete in summer 2015.

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