Rat-run to shut for 12 months to ease con­ges­tion


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By KIT SANDEMAN

A RU­RAL road which has been “caus­ing is­sues for years” is to be closed for 12 months to see if the move re­lieves con­ges­tion in a Not­ting­hamshire vil­lage.

Trent Lane, which runs from next to Gun­thorpe Bridge to the cen­tre of East Bridg­ford, is caus­ing con­ges­tion in the vil­lage, with peo­ple us­ing it as a quicker way to avoid traf­fic on the busy A6097.

A coun­cil­lor who rep­re­sents the area says the prob­lem has been get­ting worse in re­cent years, and is now “in­tol­er­a­ble”.

Con­ser­va­tive-led Not­ting­hamshire County Coun­cil agreed on Thurs­day to in­tro­duce a one-year traf­fic order to block the road to through traf­fic with bar­ri­ers.

A gate will be in­stalled, and those who need ac­cess will be given a key.

Fran­cis Pur­due-ho­ran, the Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor who rep­re­sents the Bing­ham East ward, which in­cludes East Bridg­ford, wel­comed the news.

He said: “It’s been an is­sue that has been on­go­ing for many years, with the rat-run­ning through East Bridg­ford caus­ing prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly along Main Street, which is quite a nar­row main ar­te­rial route.

“When you have got cars parked on the side of the road, it ef­fec­tively be­comes a sin­gle-track road.

“At the mo­ment the sit­u­a­tion is in­tol­er­a­ble, with traf­fic clog­ging up East Bridg­ford, and par­tic­u­larly where Kirk Hill, Main Street, Knee­ton Road and Trent Lane con­verge in the cen­tre. It gets com­pletely chaotic at cer­tain times of the day.

“While it [the clo­sure] will be ex­tremely pop­u­lar for any­one in East Bridg­ford, it may be the case that reg­u­lar users of the rat-run who live else­where will be less keen on it. The ad­van­tage of do­ing it as an ex­per­i­men­tal order for a year is that we can see what pres­sure it puts on other ar­eas, and whether we think the scheme works.

“It will force com­muters to use the A6097, rather than Trent Lane, but the route will still be open for pedes­tri­ans and eques­trian use. There will also be a locked gate around 300 me­tres up to stop any anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or fly tip­ping.”

The de­ci­sion was taken by the county coun­cil’s high­ways com­mit­tee.

Coun­cil­lor John Cot­tee, who rep­re­sents the Key­worth ward for the Con­ser­va­tives, said: “The pro­posal has come about in re­sponse to con­cerns which have been raised about the vol­ume and speed of traf­fic us­ing the lane.

“The route is pop­u­lar with drivers look­ing to avoid north­west bound queues on the A6097.

“The par­ish coun­cil tells us that in­creas­ing num­bers of drivers leave the A46 and cut through the vil­lage along Butt Lane, Main Street and Trent Lane to get to the A6097 by turn­ing right onto Gun­thorpe Bridge. This short­cut avoids the Kirk Hill/a6097 traf­fic-sig­nalled junc­tion and the round­abouts at the A46/A6097.”

The coun­cil said sur­veys showed west­bound us­age of Trent Lane from East Bridg­ford to the A6097 in the af­ter­noon rush hour had nearly dou­bled since 2013, re­sult­ing in in­creased turn­ing ma­noeu­vres on to or off the busy A6097.

Coun­cil­lor Cot­tee added: “It’s there­fore con­sid­ered that the use of an ex­per­i­men­tal order to al­ter traf­fic move­ments is the most ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion so that the ef­fects of the re­stric­tion can be prop­erly eval­u­ated.”

A pre­vi­ous pro­posal to close a oneway sec­tion of Trent Lane in an east­erly di­rec­tion proved un­fea­si­ble, in part due to con­cerns raised by the emer­gency ser­vices.

A road safety au­dit has been car­ried out for the re­vised scheme which in­cludes a bar­rier at the Trent Lane/ A6097 Gun­thorpe Bridge junc­tion which would phys­i­cally pre­vent ve­hi­cles turn­ing in or out of the lane. A se­cond bar­rier will be in­stalled at the east­ern end of the re­stric­tion, closer to the vil­lage. Ac­cess for all mo­torised traf­fic on to and along Trent Lane to the east­ern clo­sure point will be re­tained via East Bridg­ford vil­lage cen­tre.


Trent Lane, off Gun­thorpe Bridge, Not­ting­ham, which will be closed for 12 months

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