Trent Basin-Lady Bay foot / cycle bridge plans

 

Pictures show the bridge site from the south bank looking north towards the entrance to Trent Basin housing site.

Since 2014 Pedals and 4 other local groups have been working on plans for a new foot-cycle bridge on the east side of Nottingham, east of both Trent Bridge and Lady Bay bridge, and with many connections to a variety of important existing and proposed upgraded and new routes, including the riverside paths, on both sides of the Trent. These include the Trent Valley Way and Route 15 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network south of the river, and many other local cycle paths, bridleways and footpaths.

It would provide an equivalent attraction in this area to the very popular Suspension Bridge west of Trent Bridge, between the Victoria Embankment and Welbeck /road, West Bridgford. It would provide a much safer and more attractive link between many leisure attractions, including Colwick Park, Colwick Woods and Sneinton Greenway north of the river, and Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre and Country Park, as well as the Grantham Canal and Skylarks Nature Reserve south of the river.

For walkers, cyclists and runners it would open up many new opportunities for both linear and circular routes, in combination with other bridges such as the Suspension Bridge and the Wilford Bridge and Clifton Bridge shared paths.

With both new and improved connections, including to and from the City Centre via the new Eastern Cycle Corridor on Daleside Road and Manvers Street, etc., it would also provide a much safer, more pleasant and less polluted route for commuters across the Trent in this area, on foot and by bike, particularly for people living in both the existing and many new proposed housing areas on both sides of the river, and particularly in the Gamston / Bassingfield and Tollerton areas on the east side of West Bridgford.

Like the Suspension Bridge the proposed new bridge would provide a major landmark for the very attractive riverside environment through Nottingham and also be a major landmark in the emerging Waterside Regeneration area between Trent Bridge and Colwick Park, boosting the overall image of the area.

After detailed consideration of various exact sites, the one we now favour as best in overall terms, is about 1km downstream of Trent Bridge, with a north bank landing just west of the entrance to Trent Basin itself. This would also connect to the proposed north bank riverside path extension from Meadow Lane lock to and from Colwick Park.

The south bank landing would make use of the scrub land at the back of the football and rugby grounds, near Lady Bay, with ramps to and from the section of riverside path between The Hook and Lady Bay bridge.

The Trent Basin to Lady Bay foot-cycle bridge Steering Group, chaired by Hugh McClintock, consists of representatives of these groups, working in close collaboration with Keith Morgan of Nottingham City Council, Paul Hillier of Nottinghamshire County Council, and Gwyneth McMinn of Sustrans :-

  • Pedals
  • Nottingham Local Access Forum
  • Nottingham Civic Society
  • River Crescent Residents’ Association
  • Blueprint Regeneration

We already have the support in principle of nearly 20 other local groups, as well as many individuals. The groups include:

  • Nottinghamshire County Local Access Forum
  • Nottinghamshire Footpaths Preservation Society
  • Rushcliffe Ramblers
  • Ramblers’ Association (Notts)
  • CTC Notts DA: (affiliated to Cycling UK; former CTC)
  • Perfect Motion Consultancy
  • West Bridgford U3A (University of the Third Age) Cycling Group
  • Keyworth & District U3A Cycling Group
  • Nottingham Friends of the Earth
  • Nottinghamshire CBT (Campaign for Better Transport):
  • Sneinton Bikers
  • Sneinton Alchemy Community Interest Company
  • Sneinton Neighbourhood Forum
  • Nottingham Clarion Cycling Club
  • Holme Pierrepont Running Club
  • Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme
  • Gedling and Dukeries Ramblers
  • West Bridgford Cycling Group

Our work has already included the preparation of a feasibility study, to argue in detail the case for such a bridge, and at this particular location, and has also included the commissioning of an economic impact study from the Sustrans Research and Monitoring Unit.

As a result, since November 2017, we have the support in principle of the Leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr. Jon Collins and we are now in the process of obtaining similar support from the Leaders of Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council, as well as other relevant agencies such as the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust.

We also have made several initiatives to sound out potential funding for the bridge, particularly through the current process of producing an LCWIP (Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan) for the D2N2 (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) area being carried out on behalf of the Department for Transport by a team from Sustrans and PJA (Phil Jones Associates) of Birmingham, arguing in detail that this bridge is the key missing link in the local cycling and walking network for the Greater Nottingham area.

The results of this LCWIP exercise, intended to produce agreement on a network of cycling and walking routes for the next 10 years, with short and medium as well as longer-term priorities, are expected early in 2019. This will also help our further development of detailed design options for the bridge and its approaches.

Getting general acceptance of the case for the bridge, and funding from different sources, is a long and tortuous process, and its inclusion in this LCWIP, would be a big step forward towards this goal.

  • For further information, and to kept informed of further developments of the bridge plans, email: contact@pedals.org.uk

[Previous post on proposed foot/cycle bridge over the Trent]

River Leen path improvements: start of work

River Leen path improvements: start of work (from Nottingham City Council Transport News (August 2018)

www.transportnottingham.com/projects/river-leen-multi-user-path-improvements/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


Background

The River Leen flows from near Annesley until it joins the River Trent near the Meadows. This important green corridor is an underused civic asset, and one that needs to be improved for connectivity, biodiversity and recreation as set out in the 2010 Access and Biodiversity strategy. Part of this strategy includes improvements to the River Leen multi-user route which, when completed, would extend for over eight miles along most of the river from Hucknall to the Wilford Toll bridge.

Improvements were made in 2014 with the construction of the Wilkinson Street Boardwalk – the aim of which was to improve cycling and pedestrian connectivity, for transport and recreation. The fund also supported conservation along the tributary and has helped protect and improve biodiversity in the area. The continuation of this project in 2018 aims to build on this work and improve further sections of the multi user path that are well used for commuting and leisure use in addition to further biodiversity improvements.

Plan of works
The project will improve three sections of the multi-user path;

QMC – work begins 6 August

  • Continuous footway giving pedestrian priority across the Hillside/Derby Road junction
  • A shared pedestrian/cycle crossing on the Leen gate bridge
  • Widening of the path from Leen Gate to Abbey Street to 3m
  • Improved signage

Birdcage Walk – work begins 20 August

  • Widening of the path from Lenton Lane to Kings Meadow nature reserve and the path adjacent to NG2 business park
  • New lighting columns on the access from Rennie Hogg Road
  • Biodiversity improvements on the Kings meadow nature reserve and along the banks of the River Leen
  • Improvements to wayfinding and information boards

Riverside Way – work begins 8 October

  • We will be making improvements to the path on the southern side of Riverside Way near the toll bridge

Funding

This project has  been made possible through the European Regional Development Fund.

Let’s Ride Nottingham – Sunday 16th September 2018

This year’s event will be held on Sunday 16th September.  The route will be open 11am – 3pm.

The Nottingham event is part of the British Cycling national Let’s Ride campaign with 14 events taking place across the country between May to September.  These are traffic free, fun, family cycling festivals and this year the ambition is to engage with as many local organisations as possible to create a Nottingham feel.  Activation will include; live music, come and try sports, kids activity, info stalls, activity on the River Trent plus more.  We will have a stage and alongside a programme of live music there will be the chance to celebrate local achievements through presentations, Q&A sessions.

Last year’s event had 4,000 participants.  This year they are hoping to achieve more!

Let’s Ride Nottingham provides a fantastic opportunity for local organisations, groups, activity providers to attend the event and showcase the work they do.  The event is free to all participants and therefore free to all organisations wishing to attend (NOTE: there will be a fee if organisations are selling items or charging for an activity).

Visit this link for more info on Let’s Ride https://www.letsride.co.uk/events

Download poster.

Tour of Britain Nottinghamshire leg to start from Central Avenue, West Bridgford, on Saturday 8 September

This event on Saturday 8 September is a very good chance locally to promote cycling, especially as Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Tour of Britain organisers expect to get between 6000-8000 people along to watch the start of the 233km Nottinghamshire leg (the penultimate leg) from Central Avenue, West Bridgford. The start is likely to be at 10.30 (tbc).

There will be a lot of temporary extra cycle parking provided (probably on the nearby tennis courts in Bridgford Park) as they expect a lot of people to come by bike and many of these to cycle on to see the Tour at other places on its route through the rest of Rushcliffe Borough, before it head north into the rest of the county at Gunthorpe Bridge; see www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/tob

As part of the hazards assessment of the route the intention is that all potholes along the route will be identified and repaired!!

The aim is to get lots of community and local business engagement as well as to involve parish councils and others in villages along the route. Information on some of the resources available to do this, which you might like to encourage other people and organisations to take up, are available on the website and from Matt Yorke, RBC, tel. (0115) 914 8218, email: myorke@rushcliffe.gov.uk

Do please spread the word and encourage people to spray old bikes in yellow paint to help liven up the atmosphere. Other creative ideas are very welcome!

Update, 28 Aug 2018

Map. Use ctrl + scroll to zoom, or click the widget in the top-right corner to open in a new window.

Bennerley Viaduct restoration plans: Sustrans decide not to make a second bid for HLF funding

Following the great disappointment at the decision last December by the Heritage Lottery Fund not to approve the Sustrans funding bid, despite the extensive support it attracted, there has now been further great disappointment, especially from the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, at the news that Sustrans have decided, after careful consideration, not to resubmit a second funding bid to the HLF.

Below are the relevant statements from Sustrans and Railway Paths Limited, an associated organisation, as circulated on 8 February 2018 by Dave Clasby from Sustrans:-

“Sustrans have decided not to resubmit a second bid to HLF, as explained in these statements from Railway Paths Limited (RPL) and Sustrans . Sustrans and RPL have said that they now need to rethink their strategy as to how to bring this amazing structure back into use as a walking and cycling route.”

Railway Paths Limited’s statement on the future of the Bennerley Viaduct

“As the owner and custodian of the Bennerley Viaduct we were disappointed that a bid to restore and open up the viaduct as a walking and cycling route was not successful in winning a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. We are also disappointed that Sustrans will not be resubmitting the bid but understand the reasons behind the decision.

We remain committed to this viaduct and would like to see it opened as a walking and cycling route. The Railway Paths Limited Board is meeting next week and will be discussing options for the future of the viaduct together with Sustrans. We are keen to build on the local support for the viaduct that has been generated to date as we see this as being key to the successful development of the project.”

Will Haynes, Principal Officer of Railway Paths Limited

Sustrans’ statement on the future of the Bennerley Viaduct

“Sustrans has been working to restore and open up a multi-million pound project Bennerley Viaduct as a walking and cycling route for over three years. In August 2017, as part of this work, we applied for a large grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HFL), for which we were turned down in December 2017.

Although the HLF board considered the project to be a strong one, the bid was not successful, as it was not considered to provide the same level of outcomes and values for money as competing applications. Despite the outcomes, the HLF said they would welcome a revised application.

In January 2018, after careful consideration, Sustrans made a decision not to re-submit the application in its current form to the HFL for the following reasons:

  • The financial risk to Sustrans posed by the match funding requirement of almost £2m.
  • The continued investment of staff and cash resources both in developing the re-submission and, if successful, the Stage 1 proposal.
  • Bennerley Viaduct is not part of the National Cycle Network which requires significant investment across the UK. We are currently reviewing the Network and identifying investment priorities which makes prioritising a large single site project that is not connected to the National Cycle Network hard to justify at this stage Sustrans is exploring a number of options for the future of the viaduct, working with the owner of Bennerley, Railway Paths Limited. We are committed to working with the local community and recognise their ongoing support as being key to the successful development of Bennerley”

Xavier Brice, CEO Sustrans.

Request for suggestions to Notts Police on location for ‘Close Pass’ campaign trials

At the Greater Nottm Cycling Development (CDG) meeting on 1 December 2017 Inspector Mark Whitaker of Notts Police asked for suggestions from Pedals members for further locations where they might trial a possible local West Midlands style ‘Close Pass’ campaign to tackle drivers who do not give enough space for cyclists. They have already done one trial on Wilford Lane, near the Harvest Wheatsheaf pub (and in fact on the bit of Wilford Lane with cycle paths, perhaps rather surprisingly) but now want other suggestions, taking account of various criteria they have including whey they have space to pull in drivers safely, etc., as well as where close passes are a particular problem for cyclists.

For more information contact: mark.whitaker@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Further information (6 Dec 2017) from Inspector Mark Whitaker on Possible Close Pass locations

It needs to be a road sufficiently clear of obstacles to provide a sufficient stretch where a clear close pass can occur and be observed and of appropriate length for observation of the approach, pass and then beyond that to wave down the vehicle into an off road parking area. It needs to be a location where the operation itself does not cause obstruction, or danger to road users/public by any reaction to it.

It needs an off road area, where the landowners permission might be obtained to set out the close pass mat, park police vehicles and park the vehicle of any motorist stopped.

Beyond that, as I mentioned the operation has so far chosen a road where the issues are clear cut and a driver cannot offer any mitigation for their actions. As said, persons who drive in such a way in these circumstances will likely drive at least as bad on other types of roads.

Clearly an operation that cannot be run on many roads that are being suggested, but I think the benefit is that it is being run. It is being publicised well to the public, which whilst raising the profile and educating, it also might increase compliance as you never know if the cyclist you are passing is an officer or not. It was also pleasing to hear the thought that the Op has assisted in Derbyshire deciding to also run such an initiative. With drivers crossing counties the positive actions of neighbours will also benefit in county.

I will continue to look through the suggestions and they are all valued, as if not an option for the op, I will be looking  to see if other resources, such as a mobile camera van cannot be brought to bear to influence in that area. I just hope I have not unduly raised expectations.

[26/7/2018 update]

As from July 2018 the contact is:

Paul Matthews,
Roads Policing Unit
Force Headquarters
Arnold,
Nottingham
NG5 8PP
Mobile: 07525 226454
Email: paul.matthews@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Paul Matthews will be coming along to the Pedals meeting on Monday 15 October at 7.30pm for a discussion on Close Pass and related issues.

Pedals discusses Broadmarsh proposals with City Council

Keith Morgan of Nottingham City Council attended the 16/10/17 Pedals meeting to discuss the proposals for Broadmarsh redevelopment. Here are the key points:

Concerns and issues to consider:

  • Concerns that without segregation along Canal Street that with the level of buses, bus stops and car park access it will replicate Parliament Street, which is not seen as a good environment for cyclists.
  • Ensuring there is a clear north – south route for cyclists and show options:
    • Highlight you can’t cycle in the BM centre but there is a connection via Lister Gate
    • More detail for Middle Hill to see how this will work for cyclists
    • MMW should have a better connection at the Toll House Hill roundabout to connect northbound cyclists to Parliament Street (without needing to get into right hand lane)
    • Provision for cyclists heading south down Grey Friar Gate to get to Wilford Road which leads to wider connections to the south/south west
  • Concerns cycle connections will require a large number of stop start toucans and island hopping
  • A discussion should be had with NCP to see if secure parking can be provided in the Arndale
  • Provision to allow cyclists to get between Middle Hill and Trent Street

Pedals would like more information on:

  • Location of cycle parking
    • In the new bus station
    • On street
  • Location and number of bus stops
  • Number of buses which will be on Canal Street at peak times
  • Location of car park entrance
  • When the traffic switch will take place to remove traffic from Canal Street
  • Capacity of the new Broadmarsh car park

Incidentally, an item appeared in the 3 Nov Nottingham Evening Post on the dangers for cyclists in the Broadmarsh area.

Image: Mark Fear, Nottingham Evening Post

Have your say on improving the A52 Dunkirk to QMC cycle route

Highways England is planning to improve the A52 Dunkirk to Queens Medical centre (west side) cycle route.

This section of pedestrian and cycle path is one of the busiest on Highways England’s roads in the East Midlands. Highways England would value your feedback – “sharing your views will provide us with valuable insight to inform our detailed design. Please have your say by 30 November 2017.”

Highways England have launched an online feedback tool that allows the local community to share their views about how Highways England can improve the west side cycle and pedestrian path.