Connecting up our cycle networks
Work began on Monday 4th February to improve cycling and pedestrian facilities along Church Street, Basford which will better connect two key cycle routes – the ring road and the River Leen.
The footpath will be widened along Church Street to create a shared cycle and foot path. Crossings will be improved and lighting and fencing upgraded. This section will then be signed for cyclists, integrating it into the wider cycle network.
In addition to this the council will be creating additional parking bays for visitors to the nearby businesses and community centres, and providing a designated bay for vehicles involved with church ceremonies at St Leodegarius.
The work should have minimal impact on through traffic, and access to homes, business and community centres will be maintained at all times, but there will be signed local diversions in place.
It will be necessary to close a section of Vernon Road for a few days – from the junction with Valley Road to Kia Motors. This work has been scheduled for half term week (16 – 22 February), when there are fewer cars on the roads. There will be a clear, signed diversion in place while this work takes place, and we will monitor traffic at this junction to help keep through traffic moving.
Work will be complete by the end of March, so the new path will be ready for when the weather warms up and more people get back on their bikes.
Councillor Dave Liversidge, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “When we upgraded cycle facilities along the ring road there were certain sections we were unable to improve due to complications and funding restrictions. We’re pleased that we can now begin to fill in some of the gaps in the network, and improve the connection between the ring road with routes along the River Leen, using funding from Defra as part of the clean air agenda to promote active travel.
“We have a long term ambition to encourage more people to cycle in the city, and good cycling infrastructure is a key part of that.”