Work to build the city’s new cycle superhighway start on Monday, October 19th and will be completed by April 29th, 2016.
The Nottingham Cycle City Ambition Programme (NCCAP) is funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which approved the £6.1m funding on October 15th, 2015.
The Western Corridor is one of the new routes to be delivered by the NCCAP, linking the city centre to Woodside Road, Lenton. The most exciting feature of the route will be the construction of Nottingham’s first cycle superhighway, a high quality surface that gives a smooth ride and with signals that prioritise cyclists. The superhighway is segregated from other traffic to improve speed and safety.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The start of the cycle super-highway roadworks is a really exciting development for the city. The route links up the University of Nottingham to the city centre. We know it will prove to be popular with commuters and leisure cyclists and provides a real showcase to demonstrate how high we are setting our standards for Nottingham’s cycling future.
“Unfortunately, during the works, it will be necessary to introduce temporary traffic measures that will cause localised restrictions. We will tell residents in advance when works are happening and apologise for any inconvenience that the works cause.”
During construction it will be necessary to close the current Castle Boulevard cycle path from Monday October 19th until the Western Corridor’s completion. The Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. Cyclists can either use the road or find an alternative route on the cycling website www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/cycling
Nottingham City Council is also preparing a cycle route design guide to show how cycling facilities will be designed over the coming year, and is looking for the views on the guide from cyclists, cycle organisations and all road users.
The draft Nottingham Cycle Design Guide is online now and comments and thoughts are being called for, with a deadline of October 31st, 2015.
The draft guide is based on the Sustrans National Cycle Design Guide but includes extra sections to deal with issues that arise specifically in Nottingham – such as bikes and trams. It is hoped that the guide will raise national design standards.
The draft guide can be viewed here and comments and thoughts sent to firstname.lastname@example.org