The River Leen flows from near Annesley until it joins the River Trent near the Meadows. This important green corridor is an underused civic asset, and one that needs to be improved for connectivity, biodiversity and recreation as set out in the 2010 Access and Biodiversity strategy. Part of this strategy includes improvements to the River Leen multi-user route which, when completed, would extend for over eight miles along most of the river from Hucknall to the Wilford Toll bridge.
Improvements were made in 2014 with the construction of the Wilkinson Street Boardwalk – the aim of which was to improve cycling and pedestrian connectivity, for transport and recreation. The fund also supported conservation along the tributary and has helped protect and improve biodiversity in the area. The continuation of this project in 2018 aims to build on this work and improve further sections of the multi user path that are well used for commuting and leisure use in addition to further biodiversity improvements.
Plan of works
The project will improve three sections of the multi-user path;
QMC – work complete
- Continuous footway giving pedestrian priority across the Hillside/Derby Road junction
- A shared pedestrian/cycle crossing on the Leen gate bridge
- Widening of the path from Leen Gate to Abbey Street to 3m
- Improved signage
Birdcage Walk – work complete
- Widening of the path from Lenton Lane to Kings Meadow nature reserve and the path adjacent to NG2 business park
- New lighting columns on the access from Rennie Hogg Road
- Biodiversity improvements on the Kings meadow nature reserve and along the banks of the River Leen
- Improvements to wayfinding and information boards
The path will be closed in both directions during these works, and a signed diversion will be in place. For more information please refer to the letter below.
Riverside Way – work complete
- We will be making improvements to the path on the southern side of Riverside Way near the toll bridge
This project has been made possible through the European Regional Development Fund.