Work will begin next week on a new ‘Eco Expressway’ in Nottingham, giving priority to buses, bikes and ultra low emission vehicles.
The six-mile expressway will run along one of Nottingham’s busiest routes, between the city centre and Colwick.
Beginning on Monday (3 October) and delivered in phases, the works will see a new cycle route and a road lane for electric vehicles and buses.
The new cycle link overlooked by Chesterfield's crooked spire
The proposed Eco Expressway will create sections of new bus lanes in both directions to improve journey times, new and improved bus stops and pedestrian crossings. It will be used by a new fleet of all-electric Park & Ride buses in the New Year.
An Eastern Cycle Corridor will be delivered at the same time, providing a two-way Cycle Superhighway on the north side of the road, segregated from traffic and pedestrians
Cllr Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for growth and transport at Nottingham City Council, said: ‘The Eco Expressway is an exciting new development that grows our commitment to low-emission transport further. It will provide quicker and cleaner travel and help to improve the city’s air quality.'
The route is funded through the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which is providing £6.1m for the bus priority measures and has also funded the Nottingham Cycle City Ambition Programme.
Last week a new £1m cycle link opened in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, following a collaboration between Sustrans and Derbyshire CC, and funded through the Department of Transport’s now defunct Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Construction work was carried out by Derbyshire CC and included modifications to an existing bridge and the installation of a new bridge. The new path is part of the Chesterfield Cycle Network – a long-term project to link shopping areas to the train and bus station and main residential areas in the town.
Hull City Council has confirmed that it will provide match funding to support a bid being made to British Cycling for a proposed 1km closed road cycle track in north Hull, which it said would be 'the latest step in the revolution of cycling in the area'.
Terry Geraghty, Hull cabinet portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said: 'Cycling in Hull has increased dramatically on the back of recent sporting success.
’It is vital to provide a state-of-the-art facility to encourage more people to give cycling a go, as well as delivering a range of different activities, in all kinds of weather. It is also an ideal opportunity to increase visitors as the next nearest facility is based in York.’