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How the tram developments will affect the University

Nottingham Express Transport (NET) is building Phase Two [pdf] of the Nottingham tram network, with construction expected to last until the end of 2014. This will introduce two new lines; line two runs from the city centre to Clifton via the Meadows, line three runs through Beeston to Toton.

Building work will affect access, traffic and car parking across various University sites at different stages of construction.

For more information visit http://www.thetram.net/phasetwo

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New tram lines under construction

 
 

Update – Friday 28 March

University Park’s South Entrance will be closed as both an entrance and exit from Saturday 5 April to Sunday 18 May to allow for the tram tracks to be laid on University Boulevard. Additional signage is already in place to flag up alternative routes off campus.

Coates Road is the closest alternative entrance while Science Road is the nearest alternative exit. Please see below for how the South Entrance closure will affect bus services.

Improvements at West Entrance

The modified junction at West Entrance will separately signal traffic wishing to turn right onto Queen’s Road East from Woodside Road from traffic heading towards the city along University Boulevard. This should make the junction more efficient and benefit traffic movement around Woodside Road.

The University has worked with the city council to ensure that work at South Entrance was delayed until the congestion at West Entrance improved. Additionally, this work was delayed in order to coincide with the Easter break when significantly fewer students will be coming in and out of campus.

Hopper bus diversions

Buses will be unable to call at the Arts Centre bus stop from Saturday 5 April to Sunday 18 May inclusive. The nearest bus stop for passengers wishing to travel on hopper buses or Nottingham City’s Transport’s 34 service is East Drive.  

In addition, for the duration of the closure, hopper buses will not call at Library Road stop or any bus stops on Beeston Lane (History, Rutland Hall, Derby Hall, Lenton & Wortley Hall) from 3.45pm to 6.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatives to parking on University Park campus

Those seeking an alternative to parking on University Park may wish to consider parking at another site and walking or using the hopper bus to travel to University Park.

Buses

From King’s Meadow Campus there's a bus every 30 minutes (route 902), with the first bus leaving King’s Meadow at 7.55am and the last bus leaving University Park at 6.15pm.

Alternatively, car parking is available at University property at 522 Derby Road and available for all permit holders to use. From Derby Road car park it’s a ten minute walk to the eastern side of University Park or the Jubilee hopper bus (route 903) passes every 15 minutes.

For the duration of the South Entrance closure, Jubilee hopper buses will stop on Derby Road on request – at the bus stop between Wollaton Hall Drive and Derby Road car park; estimated daytime departure time from Derby Road is 3-4 minutes after leaving the Arts Centre bus stop.

Cycle to work

For those seeking an alternative to driving to campus, the University runs a cycle hire scheme, Cycle to Work schemes and offers various schemes for staff to purchase travel passes through payroll.

Unavoidable disruption

Staff, students and visitors are advised that further inconvenience and delay is expected this week (2-7 March) as a result of the ongoing works in and around the University Park Campus. This is due to the ongoing works associated with the tram extension.

Work is underway this week to divert a major gas main which has meant the need to close South entrance. Throughout the development the University has maintained a close working relationship with the City Council and its development partners, Taylor Woodrow and Alstom, to ensure that, wherever possible, inconvenience is minimised. Wherever possible, works are being undertaken through the night and during periods of reduced traffic in holiday periods. However, the programme for delivering the project requires some works to be undertaken with road closures inevitable. As the tram extension is being built through the Science Road and University Boulevard area it is, unfortunately, inevitable there will be significant disruption to journeys, particularly at peak times.

What's been done...

The University has deployed extra security staff at peak times to assist in the smooth flowing of traffic and to ensure vehicles do not use the campus as a rat-run. We have also re-routed the Hopper bus service to reduce the impact of the works

The Estates Dept continues to liaise with Nottingham City Council to implement measures that will reduce this impact and we thank you for your patience. Should you have any concerns or questions these should be redirected to the NET Project team via http://www.thetram.net/contact-us/

Exit closure at South Entrance – update

The exit at South Entrance of University Park by Lakeside Arts Centre will now remain closed until Monday 10 March. This means that buses will be unable to call at the Arts Centre bus centre for an additional week.

The closure is due to essential gas works on University Boulevard as part of ongoing tram works. 

Bus update

Buses will be unable to call at the Arts Centre bus stop from 7pm on Friday 21 February until the end of Sunday 9 March. The nearest bus stop for passengers wishing to travel on hopper buses or Nottingham City’s Transport’s 34 service is East Drive.  

PLEASE NOTE: In addition, from Monday 3 to Friday 7 March hopper buses will not call at Library Road stop or any bus stops on Beeston Lane (History, Rutland Hall, Derby Hall, Rutland Hall, Lenton & Wortley Hall) from 3.45pm to 6.45pm. This is due to traffic delays associated with the closure of the exit at South Entrance of University Park.

Temporary closure of exit via South Entrance

The exit at South Entrance of University Park by Lakeside Arts Centre will be closed from 8pm on Friday 21 February until 5am on Monday 10 March. This means that vehicles and buses will have to exit campus via different routes. See below for changes to bus routes.

The entrance road into campus from University Boulevard will be maintained for vehicles heading in from Beeston and turning left onto campus. The nearest alternative exit is via Science Road onto the A52.

Bus changes (21 Feb – 3 March)

Buses will be unable to call at the Arts Centre bus stop from 7pm on Friday 21 February until the end of Sunday 9 March. The nearest bus stop for passengers wishing to travel on hopper buses or Nottingham City’s Transport’s 34 service is East Drive.  

For those seeking an alternative to driving to campus, the University runs a cycle hire scheme, Cycle to Work schemes and offers various schemes for staff purchase travel passes through payroll.

Overnight University Boulevard closure from Friday 21 February

University Boulevard will be closed between its junctions with Queen’s Road East and East Drive to inbound traffic heading towards the city centre from Friday 21 February to Monday 10 March between 8pm and 5am.

University Boulevard/ Queen's Road East junction

As part of the works there have been lane restrictions leading to the roundabout at the University Boulevard / Queen’s Road East junction so that the island can be removed.

Lane restrictions will be removed from Saturday 18 January 2014 and a T junction will be in place with temporary traffic lights.

This will then allow construction works, including piling and track works, to begin across the junction. All the works to build the tram tracks and new road junction are expected to be complete in spring 2014.

White Hart junction update

Tram works are continuing at the junction of Abbey Street / Abbey Bridge where it meets Gregory Street, known locally as the White Hart junction.

As part of the works temporary traffic lights have been operating at the junction as and when required at weekends to allow utility services to be moved away from the tramway and for tram tracks to be laid. 

Over two weekends – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January, and Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February – temporary traffic lights will be in use at this junction from 8am to 5pm each day, so that further utility works can take place, with further works at weekends expected at this junction as the works progress.

The existing traffic arrangements at the junction with no access to Gregory Street North from Abbey Bridge and Abbey Street, access for right turning traffic to properties and businesses on Gregory Street South, including Mellors and Kirk, is available via diversion routes to the Dunkirk and Castle Boulevard roundabouts, so vehicles can turn around and turn left in and left out of Gregory Street South.

NG2 Business Park update

For an update on the progress of tram works in and around NG2 Business Park on Queens Drive, take a look at this PDF.

Science Road's temporary layout

The Science Road exit onto the A52 is now permanently reopened. The temporary layout of Science Road, as shown in this map of the area, will be in place until summer 2014.

Cyclists and vehicles must enter the Science Area from the A52 via Coates Road and exit via Science Road. Many cyclists are cycling the wrong way down the one way element of Science Road instead of using Coates Road, which runs parallel to Science Road.

University Boulevard/ Queens Road East junction update

Lane restrictions will be removed from Saturday 16 November and a T-junction will be in place with temporary traffic lights.

This will allow construction works to begin across the junction. These works will be carried out between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. 

Chilwell Road update

Take a look at this PDF for an update on the continuing tram works on Chilwell Road.  

Parking availability update

For more information on what's been done to minimise the adverse impacts on parking causes by the tram works, take a look at the parking availability update [PDF].

Medical School parking

Following the completion of the bridge over the A52, 130 spaces at the Medical School car park will be restored for staff use by Thursday 14 November.

The parking on Derby Road will continue to be available and it is anticipated that this will reduce the pressure on parking in the Science Area.

Access to the A52 via Science Road is now permanently reopened.

Science Road update

The NET contractor has been working on installing major infrastructure in relation to the tram line on Science Road and has closed this exit road. Due to the heavy rain experienced this is likely to extend into the start of week commencing Monday 28 October.

The contractor is doing all possible to get this road reopened as of Tuesday 29 October. When the road is reopened, the access/exit between Boots Building and Wolfson Building will also be opened.

A reminder that Science Road will be one-way traffic from the end of L4/Institute for Hearing Research junction.

Medical School car park update

The Medical School car park had been planned to reopen in part as of the end of October. But due to the heavy rain the final surfacing has been delayed and the contractor is now indicating this will be reopened week commencing Monday 4 October.

Staff parking by Lincoln Hall

The Estates Office has reorganised parking provision adjacent to Lincoln Hall, making this a staff only car park. This should help to provide car parking provision until the tram works are complete on University Park and students will not be allowed to park in this car park for the remainder of this academic year.

Removal of roundabout at University Boulevard/ Queens Road East junction

Work to remove the roundabout at the University Boulevard/ Queens Road East junction begins on Monday 30 September. The work is scheduled to last for approximately two weeks and lane restrictions will be in place at the junction.

These works will be carried out 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. It is advisable to allow extra time for your journeys.

Once the roundabout is removed, the traffic management will be altered to form a T junction with temporary traffic lights. All the works to build the tram tracks and new road junction are expected to be completed by next spring.

Medical School access

Staff and students requiring access to the Medical School over the weekend of 28/29 September are recommended to use the University’s link bridge, which is adjacent to the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences.

Coates and Science Roads

The entrance to Coates Road will be relined to improve access to the campus and Science Road will be reopened as an exit only from Monday 30 September.

The access road between Boots Building and Wolfson Building will be reopened as of Monday 30 September 2013.

The access road between Institute of Hearing Research and Wolfson Building is due to reopen the following week. The car park between Psychology Building and Institute for Hearing Research will be partially removed in the week beginning Monday 30 September.

South Entrance partial opening

The South Entrance (by Lakeside Arts) is now open as a left turning from University Boulevard, and as an exit turning left onto University Boulevard/Beeston Road.

New parking spaces on Derby Road

Two additional car parks for UoN staff permit holders have opened off Derby Road. These are located on the old Mansells Offices site and Keyon Road, adjacent to Sherwood Trucks. Both car parks are accessed from Derby Road with their own entrances. The exact locations can be viewed on this map of Derby Road.

The temporary overspill car park on the Dunkirk Fire Station site has now closed to allow for the construction of the Nottingham University Academy of Science & Technology (NUAST).

Car park closure

Drainage works on Science Road mean that some parking spaces between the Institute of Hearing Research and Psychology Building will be lost from Friday 16 August – more details of this and the new pedestrian route can be seen on this map of the area [PDF].

The staff car park between Lakeside Arts Centre and the Institute for Hearing Research will then be closed from Tuesday 27 August.

Medical School car park update

Following the installation of the bridge over the A52, the tram contractor will be working to get the Medical School car park reopened ASAP. It is anticipated this will be before the end of October.

Further closure of Science Road

Science Road will be closed between the Institute of Hearing Research and the Wolfson building from Monday 29 July. The IHR building will be accessible on foot from the back of the building into the current entrance around the front.

Take a look at this map of Science Road for more details of the specifics of the closure. This closure is marked as stage three on the map.

This part of Science Road will be closed into the start of September.

Further loss of parking on Science Road

A further section of Science Road on University Park will be closed from Monday 10 June. For details of when different sections of the road will be closed, take a look at this map of Science Road (PDF).

The road outside the Wolfson Building will be closed from 10 June, but the main entrance to the building will still be accessible to pedestrians.

Loss of parking near Science Road

The car parking outside of the Wolfson Building will be unavailable from Monday 29 April due to the continuation of works along Science Road.

The parking spaces outside the Institute for Hearing Research will be inaccessible from Tuesday 7 May.

Science Road closure

From Monday 22 April Science Road will be closed between the A52 and the road between the Wolfson and Boots buildings to allow drainage and service alteration works. During these works access from the A52 will be via Coates Road only . There will be no vehicular access at this point for the duration of these works, which are expected to take 10 weeks. Vehicles will exit the campus via the South Entrance.

The closure means that the Jubilee and Sutton Bonington hopper buses will no longer be able to stop on Science Road. Instead, they will enter University Park at the North Entrance, stopping at the George Green Library bus stop on Cut Through Lane before continuing to Portland Hill stop as usual. These revised routes will start on Monday 22 April.

When it reopens, Science Road will be an exit only route.

The NCT L12 bus route will be diverted for the duration of these work. Visit the NCT website for more information.

Gregory Street closure

From Monday 22 April work begins on Gregory Street, just north of the Abbey Street/ Abbey Bridge junction. The work is expected to take until spring 2014.

Gregory Street North will be closed by the White Hart pub between the junctions of Abbey Street/ Abbey Bridge and Leen Gate. A diversion route for traffic will operate from Gregory Street North to Derby Road, Lenton Boulevard and Abbey Bridge.

Changes to bus routes between Nottingham and Beeston

From Monday 25 March the way that some bus services  travel around Beeston will change temporarily for  approximately one year while tram works take place.  Services will generally continue to operate to their  existing timetables, and will serve alterative bus stops  along their diverted routes. Information is available in this leaflet.

22 February 2013 - Update

Medical School

The remainder of the Medical School car park will be taken by the NET contractor from Monday 11 March. The parking is expected to be returned to the University in October 2013

Loss of parking - University Park and QMC

Science Road

Parking spaces will be lost as part of planned service diversion and road alteration works on Science Road and the surrounding area. The contractor will set up a site compound between the Boots Pharmaceutical Science Building and the Wolfson Building. The University has worked with the contractor to minimize losses, but around 30 parking spaces are expected to go. These works are planned to start at the end of January.

The former Marry Vale Nursery and University Play Centre site will be turned into a new car park for University use, though this is not expected to be ready until September 2013.

Service diversion and road alteration works for Science Road will result in the eventual loss of all parking spaces on Science Road – the programme for these works is yet to be finalized but the first loss is anticipated early in February.

Rear of Arts Centre

Clearance work at the rear of the Arts Centre is currently taking place, meaning that a significant number of parking spaces have been lost. Some parking spaces are expected to be in use after Saturday 16 February, but around 18 will be out of action for duration of the tram construction works.

Medical School

Although no final date has been given, it is anticipated that the remaining spaces in the staff car park will be taken by the contractor early in March. We expect that the whole car park will be reinstated for University use (excluding the base areas for the overhead tram route) by August 2013.

The University is working with the contractor and Nottingham City Council to minimise the loss of parking. Current provision for parking off University Park includes:

  • 30 parking spaces adjacent to Sherwood Truck premises at 522 Derby Road between QMC and Jubilee Campus. If these are well used the University will seek to expand provision in the locality
  • Queens Drive Park and Ride – the NHS operate a free park and ride scheme from Queens Drive Park and Ride site, which is currently available to University staff

The NET tram is being constructed by external parties and not by the University. Compulsory temporary possession has been granted to Nottingham City Council for the NET works. This takes significant areas of land belonging to the University. The University has been been working closely with the main contractor to minimise any impact.

6 December 2012 - Update

Extra car parking available

Extra parking for 31 staff cars has been made available a ten-minute walk (400m) from University Park, between Queen's Medical Centre and Jubilee campus. The spaces are temporary replacements for those lost during the construction of the new tram line.

The spaces are available off Derby Road on Kenyon Road, between the Wollaton Gatehouse and Sherwood Truck and Van. Vehicles using the spaces must have valid University of Nottingham parking permits. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

23 November 2012 - Update

Replacement car parking - planning permission sought 

While construction is taking place within the grounds of the University, a substantial number of the car parking spaces currently used by staff and medical students  have been lost. Nottingham City Council has been working with the University to explore options for replacement parking, to minimise any parking and traffic impact that this may have.

The University has made every effort to provide as many alternative spaces as possible on its campuses to compensate for the loss of parking. However, it has not been possible to provide enough spaces to meet the number taken due to the tram works.

It is therefore proposed that a temporary car park be opened in the grounds of the former Dunkirk Fire Station. An application has been made for temporary planning permission and a copy of the application will be available for viewing in the next few days at www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/planning

The proposal is to use the site for University staff and medical student parking only, for up to one year while tram construction works take place. This car park would be accessed from Abbey Street via Warwick Street and Dunkirk Road, and would be in use only during the daytime, from 7am to 7pm.

Approximately 90 parking spaces would be provided. More information and a plan of the site are available here.

Delay in works affecting the Medical School car park

The NET team have indicated a delay in the works affecting the balance of the Medical School car park. It had been planned for the remainder of spaces to be taken for around five months from January 2013. This is now likely to occur from some time end of February early March 2013. Further information will be given once the dates are confirmed. However, please note that there will be a period of around five months when there will be no parking at the Medical School car park.

Staff will be able to park at Queen's Drive Park and Drive and use the free Medilink service to get to the Medical School. Timetables for the service are available here.

With regard to Science Road, survey works for relocation of services have now been completed and site works are currently being planned. Again, as soon as we have a date for the works and more detailed information as to location and impact, this will be made available here.

20 July 2012 - Update

Work is scheduled to begin on Science Road, at the East Entrance of University Park, in early August 2012. The works will commence with service diversions, leading to roadworks anticipated to start in October 2012.

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Once the road diversion works are complete it is anticipated that the area for the tram construction will be cordoned off in January 2013. As a result there will be:

  • limited parking on or immediately next to Science Road, with the contractors working to minimise the impact of the works;
  • alternative arrangements for parking in the vicinity (see below);
  • a one-way traffic flow on part of Science Road, off-campus only, will be created once the road diversion works are complete;
  • no access onto campus via the East Entrance once the one-way traffic flow is initiated; access to the Science Area will be via either Coates Road or the South Entrance.

Work is also scheduled to begin at the Queen’s Medical Centre on 6th August, which will mean a reduction of up to 100 car parking spaces in the University’s Medical School car park. Additional parking is likely to be lost early in 2013 on a temporary basis.

New parking spaces have been created as part of mitigation work to reduce the impact for drivers:

  • a new car parking area has been created by the Tower Building (25 spaces)
  • the visitors car park by the Tower Building has been switched to staff parking (25 spaces)
  • an additional car park created next to the School of Chemistry (19 spaces)

Staff are also encouraged to park at Jubilee and King’s Meadow Campuses and make use of the hopper bus service to transfer to University Park.

Alternative parking arrangements will last for the duration of construction.

More information

The tram works will be phased and completed in sections along the two new routes. The Beeston section of line three will serve the University, with new tram stops being constructed at the Queen’s Medical Centre and along University Boulevard at the south entrance to University Park and adjacent to the Highfields Sports Ground.

Work s on the proposed route through the Queen’s Medical Centre campus will include a bridge and raised tramline. Visuals are available

tram-map

A visual of Phase Two super-imposed over aerial photographs is also available, so you can see what the tram network development will look like once finished.  

The latest updates on how construction work affects access to the University and its facilities for staff, students and visitors will be posted on this webpage throughout the building process.

For more information on construction across Nottingham over the next six months, visit the NET website.

NET has released a general update leaflet covering Dunkirk and Lenton. This has been delivered to homes across the area and is available in libraries and council offices. It lists the different stages of construction and how residents will be affected. 

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