I’ve been reading the Weymouth Relief Road blog for the last few months, and I think it’s an excellent transport initiative. It keeps local people informed of the details of a complicated road-building project. It costs little or nothing to keep updated and running, but tonight’s post really proves its worth. A communication with the local press got misinterpreted – so they are easily able to set the record straight, almost immediately.
With many transport infrastructure projects, it’s often hard to understand just why it takes so long for things to happen. They’re currently widening the M1 around Nottingham, and it’s taking years. If they had a blog (actually, do they?) they could explain what it is they’re doing, why it takes so long, just which bits will be busy at any given time, what milestones they’ve reached, and people could be better informed. If there were problems or delays, they could tell us about that.
There are a number of major transport projects in the pipeline in Nottingham. Right through my ward runs Nottingham’s Ring Road, which jams up twice every day with the school run and commuter traffic. There is a plan to add an additional lane in one direction, along with massive work to pretty much every junction. The work will cause trouble while its on, but will hopefully make life better once it is concluded. Unlike the Weymouth road – I think, anyway – the ring road is both a major transport route, and a residential street. The people who live along it will be particularly affected – and they will also be consulted. If the Council gets organised enough to start the blog early enough it can be publicised during the consultation and keep local people informed right the way through the process.
And the ring road major scheme is just one of any number big transport projects planned for Nottingham in the next few years – others include Turning Point East, around the Broadmarsh centre and London Island; there’s also the major renovation project for the Station. And of course that’s not mentioning the multi-hundred-million pound project that is the next phase of the Nottingham Tram.