Extra parking and new one-way systems to ease drivers' pain during tram work
EXTRA car parking and new one-way systems are to be set up to help businesses and motorists in Beeston during a year of tram construction work.
Nearly three times as many parking spaces than at present will be available in Chilwell Road, Beeston, and High Road, Chilwell, later this month.
Sections of Middle Street will become one-way to help take traffic out of Beeston while the town's new tram line is built.
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Twenty thousand leaflets are being distributed to residents in the area informing them of the changes.
Chris Deas, Nottingham City Council's NET Phase Two project director, stressed that shops in Chilwell Road and High Road will be open as usual during the works.
He said: "We have created new parking areas. There will be 93 spaces, including six disabled bays, compared to 33 at the moment.
"It is really important that this area is open for business.
"We know access will be different and in some instances challenging, but we are confident people will still be able to go about their daily business."
Chilwell Road is due to close on Monday, March 25, for 12 months over two phases.
It will be shut between Middle Street and Ellis Grove until October.
Chilwell Road and High Road will then close between Ellis Grove and Holly Lane, from October until April 2014.
The road will close so utilities, such as underground gas pipes, can be moved.
Three new car parks offering up to three hours free parking will be set up in Chilwell Road and High Road.
Other car parks will also be available off Chilwell Road, accessible from Holly Lane; in High Road, near Ellis Grove, for the first six months of the closure, and near Chilwell Road Methodist Church.
There will also be one hour's free on-street parking in Chilwell Road, High Road, and on nearby side roads.
A new temporary car park with around 20 spaces, accessible from Station Road, will also be opened on the site of the former multi-storey car park.
Elsewhere, Middle Street, between Station Road and Regent Street as it passes Tesco, will become one way taking traffic out of Beeston towards Nottingham. Middle Street between Station Road and Dovecote Lane will also become one-way for traffic heading south from Beeston.
A further one-way system will also affect Dovecote Lane, between Middle Street and Leslie Avenue, to take vehicles out of the town centre.
The majority of traffic will be diverted along Queen's Road.
Shops in Chilwell Road and High Road will hold a street party on Saturday, March 30, on the section of closed road as roadworks cease for Easter.