Council Cabinet will be asked at its meeting on Wednesday 15th March to approve additional funding of £800,000 from D2N2 LEP Local Growth Funding, to support improved cycle connectivity from the city centre to the Royal Derby Hospital and planned housing sites in Mickleover and Mackworth.
The Council has already secured a share of £5,800,000 capital funding from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). However following the initial bid further work has taken place with D2N2 and the four local transport authorities to develop the proposal. As a result Derby’s project value has been confirmed as £1,442,000 made up of the additional £800,000 and £642,000 match funding made up from anticipated developer contributions of £203,000 and in kind network improvements valued at £439,000.
The Cycle City route improvements include:
- segregating cyclists from traffic
- making use of quiet streets, or constructing new cycle paths.
- where appropriate new light controlled cycle crossings will be provided as part of junction improvements, or where routes cross main roads.
Initial consultation has been carried out, however further consultation will be undertaken with members, residents and interested parties regarding the detailed design and route options. The improvements aim to be completed by April 2019.
Councillor Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said
“I am delighted that the city is continuing to prioritise and invest money in walking and cycling. These works will not only attract and motivate more people to walk and cycle, but will also improve the city’s economy as new jobs are protected and created from retail and commercial development and investment, and truly realise Derby’s potential as a cycle city.”