Cycle bridge over the Midland Mainline

Cycle bridge

Project overview

A new footpath and cycleway is under construction, including a 50-metre cycle bridge over the Midland Mainline, to better connect Nottingham’s growing cycle network with the city centre.

The new path will connect the Boots Campus of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone with Nottingham Science Park and University Boulevard – offering access to tram and bus services, and joining up with the existing Western Cycle Corridor. This will also improve links to the University of Nottingham and the Queen’s Medical Centre.

The cycle bridge will be reached by a path off University Boulevard, between the tennis centre and land earmarked for future science park developments. After crossing the mainline, the path will follow around the Boots site and connect with Thane Road and the Beeston canal.

Construction firm Eurovia has been awarded the contract to build the cycle bridge, ramps and associated paths, all of which will be well lit. The bridge, built using treated steel to reduce future maintenance costs, will be lifted into place over one night later this year to minimise disruption to the mainline.

Why are we doing this?

Providing greater travel options is part of the City Council’s plan to keep Nottingham moving, making it easier for people to cycle and use public transport to reduce congestion on our roads. The new cycleway will bring a number of benefits, including:

  • Wider options for travel by providing a connection between the Boots Campus and the bus and tram services that serve University Boulevard
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle links at Nottingham Enterprise Zone – an important development site in the city – helping to reduce impact on local traffic
  • Overcoming the barrier of the railway between the Boots Campus and the other Enterprise Zone sites (Nottingham Science Park and the Medi-Park)

You can find out more about cycling in Nottingham here.

What is Nottingham Enterprise Zone?

Nottingham Enterprise Zone in total comprises 113 hectares of former industrial land. Planning consent has been granted to:

  • Build 675 new homes
  • Provide 200,000 square metres of employment space for offices and laboratories for health, beauty and well being businesses
  • Provide 21 hectares of green space

In October 2016 Nottingham City Council was awarded £6m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to upgrade pedestrian cycle links to connect the Boots site to the city centre and surrounding areas, including in Beeston delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council.