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Victoria Embankment: New pavements, permanent bollards and yellow lines to enhance area

Funding from the Government’s Active Travel Fund has supported work to install bollards in three locations.

The wooden bollards are installed near Wilford Grove, the war memorial and the suspension bridge, plus new pavements.

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A City Council spokesperson told The Wire:

“As part of a nationwide push during the pandemic to encourage more walking and cycling, in 2020 we used Government Active Travel funding to temporarily trial reducing traffic along Victoria Embankment by closing it off as a thoroughfare between Queen’s Drive and Trent Bridge.

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“Removing 4,000 car journeys a day through one of the council’s popular parks has been welcomed by many, with 53% supporting proposals to make the changes permanent in a consultation.

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“The move has encouraged cycling and made the environment quieter and safer for people enjoying a riverside walk, the Memorial Gardens and the park facilities.

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“New wooden bollards are replacing the temporary measures, which were looking shabby and sometimes got moved, with something permanent which is widely used and suitable for open space environments like Victoria Embankment.

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“The work is expected to last up to four weeks, with our teams also creating new pavements at the rear of the car parking bays on Wilford Grove.”

Other work carried out in recent weeks is a new wildlife garden which has been set out by volunteers from the Memorial Gardens Association based in The Meadows.

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Volunteers from MeGA at the site of the new wildlife garden

The Queen Victoria statue was refurbished and repaired.

Originally located in the Market Square, the statue was moved to the Victoria Embankment in 1953.

The statue and park restoration project was funded by £1.1million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund along with match funding from The Transforming Cities Fund, The War Memorials Trust and Nottingham City Council.

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The fountains and pond were recommisioned and brought back to life too.

 

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Here’s a picture gallery showing how lovely the park looked last week on a sunny spring day.

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A new café called 1881 has opened on the embankment too with new toilets.

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