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, was lifted into place over the August bank holiday last year (2018) 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?
Enterprise Zones are designated areas with incentives to encourage the creation of new businesses, which will contribute to the growth of local and national economies.
The Nottingham Enterprise Zone is comprised of part of the Boots site in Beeston and three other smaller sites – the Beeston Business Park, the Nottingham Science Park and the MediPark site (at Queens Medical Centre) which together make up 286 acres (116 hectares).
The Boots site in total consists of 279 acres (113 hectares) and Walgreens Boots Alliance’s vision is to create a UK centre for innovation in health, beauty and wellness in Nottingham.
The site will offer a cost effective, high quality, centrally located site for health and wellness businesses such as business incubators, start-ups and small and medium enterprises. As well as existing buildings suitable for redevelopment, the site also includes around 100 acres (40 hectares) of brownfield land suitable for development.
Funding partners for the development of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone include the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Nottingham City Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
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.