River Leen – multi user path improvements

River Leen

Background

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;

Map showing improvements to the River Leen cycle and footpath

QMC – work begins 6 August

  • 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 begins 20 August

  • 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 begins 8 October

  • We will be making improvements to the path on the southern side of Riverside Way near the toll bridge

Funding

This project has  been made possible through the European Regional Development Fund.

ERDF funded project