Beeston people welcome tram despite fears of disruption
DIVERTED buses and congestion on roads will prove a major inconvenience during tram works in Beeston – but will be worth it in the end.
That was the feeling among residents spoken to by the Post at a public drop-in session at The Pearson Centre in the town. Changes to the way all traffic moves around the town centre will be introduced on Monday, March 25, and last for about a year.
Pensioner Pam Brown, of Marlborough Road, said: "There won't be major issues getting into the city, but it is coming back where I will be affected. It seems I will have either a long walk or will have to go to the bus station and then get another bus. It will be disruptive."
Margaret Jones, 72, said: "It will make life difficult. I will have to walk a much longer way home and I struggle to get around at the best of times.
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"But I think it will be worth it in the long run."
The tram line is being constructed through Beeston to Chilwell. The traffic diversions will allow for the next phase of work, including moving pipes and cables, installing tracks and building tram stops.
The changes include:
Middle Street, between Station Road and Regent Street, becoming one-way for traffic heading eastbound from Beeston towards Nottingham.
Middle Street, between Station Road and Dovecote Lane, becoming one-way for traffic heading westbound from Beeston to Chilwell.
Dovecote Lane, between Middle Street and Leslie Avenue, becoming one-way for traffic heading south from the town centre.
Chilwell Road and High Road, between Middle Street and Cator Lane/Meadow Lane - no through-traffic.
Rod Sladen, 64, of Beeston, was studying the maps yesterday. He said: "I am pro-tram but the roadworks are going to cause difficulty. There are some big holes in the plans for re-routing buses. But the tram will be good for Beeston."
Alan Rogers, 56, of Chilwell, said: "There's not a lot you can do. It is a big project so it is bound to cause disruption. The tram will be great."
Heather Sharp, 36, of Chilwell, wasn't so approving, saying: "It's going to be a mess. I don't see the need for the tram. We have a good bus route."
Tram operators Nottingham Express Transit and contractors Taylor Woodrow Alstom have pledged to keep disruption to a minimum.
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