Updated 26 May 2021: Public feedback guides next steps for Nottingham’s active travel schemes
Earlier this year we invited comments on proposals for a number of schemes designed to make walking and cycling easier.
The consultation followed a successful bid by Nottingham City Council for £2 million from the Government’s Active Travel Fund, to take measures that will encourage more sustainable travel, and support a green recovery from Covid-19.
We received more than 3,300 responses in total, and have been analysing the feedback in detail over the last month. We are now in a position to provide an update on most schemes, with details of the next steps.
More than 1,500 people responded to the proposal to make permanent the trial closure to through traffic. We delivered leaflets in the Meadows to ensure local residents had the opportunity to provide their feedback, and around a third of respondents said they lived in the Meadows area.
Most respondents used the Embankment to exercise or for leisure, 3 in 4 people said they visited the area on foot, and 43 per cent used their bikes in the area. Forty per cent accessed the park via car.
A total of 46 per cent of respondents from the Meadows told us they had noticed an increase in traffic since the trial began in August 2020, while 32 per cent said it had decreased.
On the key question of whether there was support to make the closure to through traffic permanent, 53 per cent of respondents supported this (51 per cent of Meadows residents’ responses), and 45 per cent were against (48 per cent of Meadows residents’ responses).
In considering the outcome of the consultation, combined with factors including the council’s traffic monitoring, the decision has been taken to progress proposals to make this scheme permanent.
We received lots of feedback from respondents, which will be used to guide the final design for the scheme. This will include improved barriers, more effective at deterring drivers from going around them. A Traffic Regulation Order will now be proposed and consulted on over the summer.
We will continue to monitor traffic levels in neighbouring residential areas.
20mph city centre
We received 421 responses to this consultation, with the majority of people telling us they will mainly access the city on foot, by bike or by public transport, once all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.
In total, 71 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that reducing the city centre speed limit to 20mph would make the centre safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Sixty-one per cent said doing so would improve the city centre.
Although the results of the consultation were positive, there is further work to do developing this scheme before a final decision can be made. This will include more detailed conversations with public transport operators and the police.
In the meantime, we are developing ideas on which roads would be included, taking on board the feedback received during the consultation. A further consultation will likely take place during the summer, when this proposal has been developed.
We received 180 comments on our proposals to reduce cut-through traffic, in order to make streets safer and create a more pleasant environment for residents.
While many respondents were supportive of the aims of the scheme, there was limited support for the specific measures proposed: 44 per cent of respondents supported the proposals to a great extent or somewhat, while 55 per cent supported them very little or not at all.
The main issue cited was around access. Due to the limited support we will not be taking the proposed scheme forward.
We are continuing to meet with local groups and residents to explore what alternatives could address some of the existing issues, and also the concerns raised through the consultation. For example, we could focus on improving footways and crossings, without introducing traffic-restrictive measures.
Sherwood and Berridge
We received 453 responses to this set of proposals to reduce cut-through traffic. The proposed scheme at the Nottingham Road junction received the most support, while opinion was more mixed on the remainder of the proposals.
- Nottingham Road junction – 65 per cent supported
- Valley Road, Edwards Lane and Mansfield Road – 50 per cent supported
- Arndale Road – 44 per cent supported
- Woodville Road – 50 per cent supported
While the levels of support may not seem high, due to the way these schemes were consulted on together, we saw a high proportion of neutral responses that have lowered the overall figure of support.
All schemes will progress to further design, which we will then consult on in more detail with residents.
St Ann’s Well Road
We received 70 suggestions on measures for this road, with around 77 per cent supporting the proposal to make improvements. Work is continuing to identify the most popular and feasible options.
We received 201 comments on this proposal to improve road safety, pedestrian and cycle links, between Canning Circus and Lenton Boulevard.
Of these, 80 per cent supported the proposed scheme.
Following the positive response to the scheme, the council has decided to progress this proposal, and will propose and consult on permanent highway measures later this year.
Low Wood Road
Forty responses were received on this scheme, which includes a new toucan crossing.
The majority of responses were supportive – 70 per cent.
We are currently reviewing the proposed design, with the aim of beginning construction in the autumn.
Following consultation on proposed school streets schemes outside 15 schools in the city, we will be making permanent measures at 14, with some slight amendments in line with feedback (see individual schools below).
We are also reviewing the signage outside schools to ensure residents and businesses know they can still access their homes and properties.
We are introducing or maintaining School Streets at the following schools:
- Carrington School, Sherwood – a planter has already replaced the previous barrier used in the EATF trial
- St Augustine’s School, Mapperley – two planters to replace the barriers used during the trial around May half –term. Although there was some support for the ‘No Entry’ from Mapperley Road, we are no longer proposing this, although it could be considered for future improvements
- Sycamore School, St Ann’s – one planter to replace the barrier around May half-term
- Stanstead School, Bulwell – one planter to replace the barrier around May half-term
- Highbank School, Clifton East – two planters to replace the barriers used during the trial around May half –term
- Greenfields School, Meadows – two planters to replace the barriers used during the trial around May half –term. The current barrier located approximately half way along Kirkby Gardens will be relocated to the junction with Wilford Grove and Sheriffs Way, so that the school street also covers the nursery and sure start centre
- Djanogly Northgate Academy, Berridge – work under way to design and install a new zebra crossing with road narrowing and relocating ‘your speed’ signs. Two planters to replace the barriers used during the trial around October half-term, subject to the crossing
- William Booth School, Dales – three planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents. We are also looking at park and stride options
- Hempshill School, Bulwell Forest – two planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents
- St Teresa’s School, Leen Valley – two planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents. We are also looking at park and stride options. As the consultation showed no clear support for the ‘No Entry’ from Beechdale Road we are no longer proposing this
- Robert Shaw School, Leen Valley – three planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents. We are also looking at park and stride options
- Jubilee Academy, Bilborough – three planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents. We are also looking at park and stride options. As the engagement showed no clear support for the ‘No Entry’ from Beechdale Road we are no longer proposing this
- Brocklewood School, Bilborough – two planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents. We are also looking at park and stride. As the engagement showed no clear support for the ‘No Entry’ from Beechdale Road we are no longer proposing this
- Henry Whipple School, Bestwood – two planters on order, to be installed in July following communication with the school, residents and parents.
We also consulted on a proposed school street outside Edale Primary School, in Dales ward, but we are not currently progressing this.
To aid the country’s recovery as Covid-19 restrictions are eased, the Government announced an Emergency Active Travel Fund to help council’s introduce measures to re-allocate road space for cyclists and pedestrians and encourage people to walk and use a bike more.
The City Council was successful in securing funds to trial a range of traffic measures, which will support the phased economic recovery for Nottingham.
The City Council received £570,000 through the EATF to spend on introducing temporary measures to make space safer and more attractive for active travel. These projects centred around five ambitions:
- Develop new routes in the north and east of the city
- Create a safer city centre, district centres and neighbourhoods
- Create car-free school streets
- Improve access to green spaces – including Victoria Embankment
- Promote and maximise use of the new schemes through supporting measures
In addition, we launched an interactive website inviting suggestions from residents on areas where we could make improvements.
The second round of funding available is designed to support further temporary schemes, and also longer term, permanent measures. Following a bid outlining further schemes, the City Council was awarded a further £2m from the Government, in November 2020.
These schemes include:
Develop new routes in the north and east of the city
- Carlton Road/Porchester Road – Build on measures introduced in Tranche 1 (segregated cycling facilities, temporary crossings and a quiet, signed route), to include more protected space for cyclists
- A60 Mansfield Road and London Road – Extend provision for cyclists along the length of Mansfield Road to the city boundary. This links in with a proposal for a low traffic neighbourhood in the Sherwood/Berridge area
- St Ann’s Well Road – Upgrade existing traffic calming features, helping to enforce the 20mph speed limit
Create a safer city centre, district centres and neighbourhoods
- A6200 Derby Road – Upgrade crossing to connect routes created in Tranche 1 with Nottingham’s wider cycle network, including access to the University of Nottingham and the QMC, and make permanent measures to create a low traffic environment in adjacent streets
- Arboretum Low Traffic Neighbourhood –introduce 11 one-way closures to vehicles, to reduce cut-through driving and create a quieter environment for walking and cycling
- City centre 20mph zone – Introduce a 20mph speed limit in the city centre to create a safer environment
Create car-free school streets
- Expand car-free school streets scheme – further trials and explore whether to make current trials permanent
Improve access to green spaces
- Victoria Embankment – The funding would be used to provide a permanent barrier system, offering the flexibility to close the road for events or for longer periods, subject to the success of the current trial
Promote and maximise use of the new schemes through supporting measures
- E-scooters trial
- Pop-up community cycle centres – Deliver cycle training in local parks, included tuition, bike maintenance and guided rides
- Broad Marsh Cycle Hub – Develop a 120-space secure cycle parking facility in the city centre
- Nottingham Bike Aid – Further support for this important initiative which will be extended from key workers to also include jobseekers and people that are most in need in areas where we are improving cycling facilities.
These proposals will be subject to the necessary approvals, detailed scheme design, consultation, safety audits and equality impact assessments.
The schemes and measures put forward draw upon priorities identified in the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), and will complement the work we have begun to deliver through the Transforming Cities Fund.
The full bid, and additional documents including our Consultation Report, can be found on Nottingham Insight.