Tram roadworks 'Street Party'

Local business owners are throwing a street party in Beeston now that the Nottingham Tram provider, NET, plan to close both sides of the carriageway for 12 months, to install tram lines.

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Businesses hit by year long tramworks hold street party

The street party in Chilwell Road in Beeston in Nottingham which will be closed for a year
The street party in Chilwell Road in Beeston in Nottingham which will be closed for a year Credit: ITV Central

Independent shops along Chilwell Road in Beeston in Nottingham are today holding a street party ahead of the road being closed for 12 months because of work to extend the city's tram network.

A juggler entertaining children on Chilwell Road in Beeston
A juggler entertaining children on Chilwell Road in Beeston Credit: ITV Central
Shops say it'll be business as usual despite the road closure for the tram extension to Chilwell
Shops say it'll be business as usual despite the road closure for the tram extension to Chilwell Credit: ITV Central

The road closure for the tramworks was initially met with outrage.

But now businesses say they are prepared to put up with the year long disruption, as they hope to benefit when the Nottingham Express Transit line 2 to Chilwell is complete.

Shopkeepers promoting their goods and urging customers to stay loyal throughout the disruption
Shopkeepers promoting their goods and urging customers to stay loyal throughout the disruption Credit: ITV Central

Beeston businesses throw street party as road closes

A computer generated image of the tram stop in Beeston town centre
A computer generated image of the tram stop in Beeston town centre Credit: NET

Traders and residents in Beeston are throwing a street party today.

It's in a bid to showcase the independent shops along a road that is closing for a year.

The closure is to allow major tram works to be completed as part of the Nottingham Tram network expansion.

Some business owners fear they could be forced to shut their doors because the road closure would decrease footfall. Today they hope to promote the area.

The event, between 11am and 4pm, will include street entertainment, face-painting and an outdoor stage for bands.

Shopkeepers worry over plans to close road, full report

A Nottinghamshire MP has written to the Transport Secretary asking him to help shopkeepers worried that their trade could be hit by work to build new tramlines.

Businesses in Beeston are furious that the contractors are planning to close off a main road for up to a year.

Their local MP Anna Soubry says it could be devastating and drive some traders out of business. Our correspondent Peter Bearne reports.

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Broxtowe MP, Anna Soubry has fears about NET's pro-longed work in Beeston

Broxtowe MP, Anna Soubry has written to the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin following NET’s announcement that two sections of one of Beeston’s shopping areas will be closed to traffic for a total of twelve months.

“Up until late September, NET who are responsible for the tram works, assured me they would not close parts of High Road and Chilwell Road to traffic. They have gone back on that and the assurances given at the public inquiry. Understandably traders on both roads are angry and worried about the effect on their businesses."

– Anna Soubry MP

"The tram works are having a profound affect on residents and businesses in and around Beeston already, these planned road closures will make a seriously bad situation, intolerable. I want to be sure that there is no alternative. If there isn’t then traders in particular need more support and assistance.”

– Anna Soubry MP