Southern Growth Corridor

The £9.62million ‘Southern Growth Corridor’ project – now also referred to as the ‘Nottingham Eco-Expressway’ – has created a high capacity, high frequency, low carbon (emissions) and sustainable transport bus corridor running east-west through Nottingham.

This ten kilometre long corridor of bus lanes will connect the proposed Gedling Access Route (GAR) in the former Gedling Colliery area east of Nottingham to the Boots Enterprise Zone site (part of the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone) to the west; and enhance links to existing bus-based park and ride sites, the electric Medilink and Centrelink services, and Nottingham city centre bus stations.

The corridor is designed to serve existing employment sites and to cater for the travel demand predicted from new housing, employment and leisure developments along its length. Electric buses and, it is proposed, private electric vehicles will use the route.

The project costs of £9.62m have been met by D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation (£6.12m), and Nottingham City Council and the Department for Transport’s ‘Green Bus Fund’ (£3.5m).

An electric bus compound at the Queen’s Drive Park & Ride, to charge the new buses, has been built. Work is now ongoing to complete bus priority lanes (featuring new pedestrian crossing points, and bus stops with solar powered shelters) along roads including Daleside Road, by the end of 2017. The whole project should be completed by March 2018.

Project targets include:

  • provision of 13 single decker electric buses and a charging compound
  • 5kilometres of priority bus lane
  • five per cent reduction in bus journey times along the Southern Growth Corridor
  • two to three per cent increase in bus customers along the corridor
  • improved access to existing and proposed employment sites
  • reduction in traffic pollution emissions along the corridor by replacing diesel buses with zero emission electric buses (200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, five tonnes of nitrogen oxide, 27 kilogrammes of particulate matter).

For updates on the project see Nottingham City Council website