Residents invited to have their say on proposals to make walking and cycling easier

Visualisation of new cycle infrastructure on Wigman Road

Consultation has started today (Monday 4 October) on proposals for upgraded walking and cycling facilities in Bilborough and Leen Valley.

The proposed schemes on Beechdale Road, Wigman Road, and Hollington Road are part of Nottingham City Council’s Transforming Cities programme, which aims to improve connectivity and encourage more low carbon journeys.

They include new junction and pedestrian crossing facilities, segregated cycle lanes, and changing the Bathurst Drive roundabout to a ‘T-junction’ with improvements for pedestrians.

Councillor Rosemary Healy, Portfolio Holder for Transport at the City Council, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to people becoming more active and we’ve seen an increased interest in walking and cycling across the city.

“Active travel has great benefits for physical and mental health, and by choosing to walk or cycle we can reduce the number of shorter car journeys, reducing harmful carbon emissions and improving air quality.

“The council has long been committed to improving facilities to make walking and cycling the obvious choice. Thanks to the Transforming Cities funding we were able to secure from the Department for Transport, we’re now in a position to make significant improvements to our network to make cycling a safer and more enjoyable experience.

“Not only will this particular scheme benefit local people and businesses, it’s one of a number of measures to improve cycle links across the city, filling in the gaps in our existing network and creating safer options to travel in a more environmentally-friendly way.

“I’d encourage people living or working in the area to have their say.”

The consultation will be open until Sunday 31 October, and the proposals, including artist impressions and an interactive model, can be viewed in full at here.

A drop in event is due to take place from 9am until 7.30pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, in Wigman Road, on Thursday 14 October.

Following the consultation, the council will review the responses and start developing the final scheme, with a view to works starting on site early in the new year.

This project is part of Nottingham and Derby’s Transforming Cities programme. Working in partnership, Nottingham City and Derby City Councils secured £161 million from the Department for Transport to invest in local transport infrastructure that will improve sustainable transport, support growth, and encourage more low carbon journeys.

Have your say.