Green transport to get a boost on Eco Expressway?

Consultation is underway about proposals for new bus and bike lanes along one of Nottingham’s busiest routes.

Exciting proposals by the City Council include new bus lanes, better cycle and pedestrian facilities and priority lanes for electric vehicles and taxis on roads between the city centre and Vale Road in Colwick, via Manvers Street and Daleside Road.

The new bus and low-carbon lanes are proposed to be used by the new all-electric Park and Ride buses and possibly the new gas-powered Nottingham City Transport buses, subject to the council’s funding bid being approved by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The proposed works will incorporate the Eastern Cycle Corridor scheme.

Consultation on the first phase of developments started on May 26, online consultation running until June 24, with an interactive map available to view and comment on at transport.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/ecoexpressway.

A second phase of the works, Eco Expressway West, is proposed to join this route to the Boot’s Enterprise Zone via Queen’s Drive and Thane Road, again featuring the all-electric Park and Ride buses.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The City Council is proud to be consulting on these proposals to provide excellent low-carbon transport options for cyclists, buses, electric vehicles and other road users. The Eco Expressway could open up greener travel options for people wanting to travel into the city and beyond. With better bus facilities and new prioritised routes for cyclists, this is a great leap forward for sustainable transport in the city.

“We are combining consultation for both the proposed cycle and bus works to speed up the process and because we know that residents and road users will be interested to see how plans for both transport modes are interlinked. Make sure that you have your say on this exciting green transport proposal.”

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