Following the Council’s successful £228,000 ‘Moving Derby Forward’, funding bid to introduce Covid-19 emergency transport measures across the city, emergency works will commence in the next week.
Works will begin on Albert Street and Victoria Street, which from Monday 3rd August, will become one-way with road space reallocated for cyclists and pedestrians, to enable more space for social distancing.
Specific measures include:
- One-way traffic with two-way cycling from Exchange Street junction to Victoria Street’s junction with Wardwick.
- Suspension of the bus stop outside HSBC. Services will be redirected to Victoria Street bus stop outside the former Debenhams.
- Extra space will be created around the bus stops outside Hook and Eye on Albert Street, and the former Debenhams site on Victoria Street to allow bus passengers and pedestrians to practice social distancing and create a safer environment.
- Inbound buses will be re-routed down Bold Lane, Cathedral Road, Full Street and Corporation Street.
To reduce through-traffic, ease congestion, and improve bus journey times and the functionality of the bus station, Corporation Street will be open only to buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm each day from Sunday 2nd August. No restrictions will apply outside of these hours.
All of the measures will be implemented using temporary traffic management equipment and using the emergency Covid-19 traffic regulation order powers.
Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation said:
“Covid-19 has presented many challenges, and the ‘Moving Derby Forward’ project gives us an opportunity to support the uptake of active travel, and make some positive environmental changes, and is part of a wider ambition to re-energise Derby and ensure that the city emerges from the pandemic in ways that meet the new challenges.
All the measures will be reviewed every three months, and may be changed or made permanent.”