Planning bosses give nod to new bridge over River Trent

How the bridge will look

Plans submitted by Nottingham City Council for a pedestrian and cyclist ‘Waterside Bridge’ across the River Trent have been given the nod by its council bosses to be built

The council’s planning committee will vote on the scheme next Wednesday (April 17). If the plans are voted through work on the bridge will start by the summer and is expected to be completed by late 2025.

The Waterside Bridge project is being delivered using a grant from the Government through the Transforming Cities programme.

Despite the Section 114 report imposing strict controls on Nottingham City Council’s spending, previously allocated external grant funding allows the scheme to proceed.
The bridge will form connections between the expanding Waterside regeneration area, Colwick Park on the north bank, and the Lady Bay and West Bridgford areas to the south.
This initiative is spearheaded by Nottingham City Council in collaboration with Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Resident feedback has led to adjustments in the bridge’s width and other minor modifications.

When submitting plans for the bridge back in February, councillor Angela Kandola, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “During a difficult time for Nottingham, it’s great to see this major project to create a link across the river for cyclists and pedestrians is progressing.

“The new Waterside Bridge will join the Waterside regeneration area on the north bank of the river, and the Lady Bay and West Bridgford area on the south bank, creating easier access to open spaces south of the river, as well as the sports grounds and leisure facilities, and to Colwick Park on the north side. Encouraging more sustainable, lower-carbon journeys is an important part of our plan to achieve Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028. This project will enable people to make smarter choices about how they travel, reducing our collective impact on climate change.”