Meeting held over plans for fourth bridge over River Trent

A meeting has been held to discuss a potential fourth bridge to cross over the River Trent.

On Tuesday, August 31, Gedling’s MP Tom Randall hosted a meeting with the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Ben Bradley MP, the Council’s Committee Chairman for Transport and Environment, Cllr Neil Clarke, and Colwick’s County Councillor, Cllr Mike Adams.

The meeting was held at the potential site for the proposed new bridge in Colwick – and was discussed after a public survey found there is a “public appetite” for the potential development, according to the Gedling MP.

The crossing is a project that has long been spoken about and residents have been surveyed in Colwick, Netherfield, Burton Joyce and Stoke Bardolph.

Tom Randall MP said: “A fourth Trent crossing in Colwick would reduce traffic congestion throughout Colwick, Burton Joyce, Netherfield and Stoke Bardolph and shorten journey times for Gedling’s commuters. It would also create jobs for Gedling residents by better connecting us with the A52 and A46, opening up new business opportunities.”

Tuesday’s site visit follows a meeting Tom had in February this year with the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere.

On visiting the potential site for a fourth Trent crossing in Colwick, Tom said: “We discussed a desktop-study about the potential construction of a fourth Trent crossing in Colwick.

“Transport issues are complex and take time to deliver but there was a good, meaningful discussion on Tuesday about potential ways to take this project forward. Off the back of this meeting I will be speaking to Government and to other key bodies in the region to continue work on this so that progress can be made towards building a fourth Trent crossing in Colwick.”

Tom Randall MP with the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Ben Bradley MP, the Council’s Committee Chairman for Transport and Environment, Cllr Neil Clarke, and Carlton East’s County Councillor, Cllr Mike Adams, at a potential site for a fourth Trent crossing in Colwick at Netherfield retail park on Tuesday, 31st August 2021.
(Image: Tom Randall MP)

It comes after the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Ben Bradley MP admitted the new bridge is “not off the table”.

A previous estimate for costs was given as around £60 to £70 million – initial proposals suggested building the new bridge from the back of Colwick Industrial Estate to the land west of Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Mr Bradley previously told Nottinghamshire Live: “The road network is a work in progress and I 100% recognise that unlocking different bits of highway and new connections is a big step forward in terms of our economic development and job creation.

“We have got all sorts of projects that we are interested in, Gedling Access Road being one of them, work going on in Clifton and the Toton Link Road.

“In terms of another Trent crossing I do not come into any of these conversations with pre-existing red lines and things that have been off the table in the past certainly aren’t off the table for me and I am more than happy to discuss them.

“It is clearly an economic and transport issue so I am happy to look at solutions and we are having those conversations.”


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