Author: David Easley
Recent months have seen close working with Sustrans Research and Monitoring Unit on a study of the economic impact of the proposed bridge, to complement revised feasibility study work by the Steering Group.
After various delays we now hope that this will be completed in the next few weeks, to help us to make a convincing case as to why such a bridge is needed and why the site we proposed is the best option.
This work has included some revised detailed work on how our site compares with the other main contender, i.e. putting shared paths on one or both sides of Lady Bay, an idea first put forward by consultants in 2005 but never taken further by the City and County Councils.
Although this option might be preferable for many more confident and experienced cyclists, we think that it will be difficult to make it attractive for less confident cyclists, especially when approaching from the West Bridgford side.
It would also be much less attractive for walkers who we think are the biggest potential users of a new bridge, especially when making trips between Colwick Park and Colwick Woods on the north bank and Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre and Country Park on the south bank.
The Trent Lane to The Hook 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 :-
- Nottingham Local Access Forum
- Nottingham Civic Society
- River Crescent Residents’ Association
- Blueprint Regeneration
Take part in FREE led cycle ride to celebrate Nottingham’s new cycle corridor!
Cyclists urged to get on their bikes and experience the new Western Cycle Corridor
RideWise – part of a Nottingham based sustainable transport charity – have announced a “FREE led Cycle Ride” which will take place on Saturday 17th December 2016. The ride – which will be the first of its kind on the new Western Cycle Highway – will start at 10am at Grove Road in Lenton (where it meets Castle Boulevard by the side of the old Grove pub).
Riders are encouraged to come along for the 6-mile circular route, which is expected to take around 1½ to 2 hours. All cyclists are welcome.
Groups of cyclists will be led by RideWise’s accredited cycle instructors who will explain the features of the new cycle infrastructure during the ride – such as junctions, traffic signals and road markings that prioritise cyclists, widening of shared paths and improved road surfaces. The Cycle Ride will also take in Nottingham’s first Parallel Crossing.
The Cycle Ride route will include all of the new cycle highway. Riders will return to Grove Road to complete the circuit at around midday on Saturday 17th December.
This is an excellent opportunity to hear about the planning of Western Cycle Corridor and see the new infrastructure first hand. The Western Cycle Highway connects the city centre to major destinations including the Queen’s Medical Centre and the University of Nottingham and cycle routes to the north of the city centre. It forms part of the City Council’s Nottingham Cycle City Ambition Programme, which is funded by the Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Not only will you be able to find out about the new corridor including from some of the Council officers who have planned it, but it will also be a great opportunity to meet new fellow cyclists.
RideWise need to ensure that they have a good idea of numbers of riders on the day so register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0115 9552288 – leave a message on their answer phone if necessary. However, if you just decide on the day to come along you will be welcome.
UPDATE: The official opening on December 14th has now been cancelled. A revised date will be arranged in the New Year.
John Bann – Cycling and Road Space Transformation Manager at Nottingham City Council – provided the following details:
Ribbon Cutting – 14th December – 8.30am at Castle Boulevard/Castle Road section (beginning of Super Highway) – back drop of Castle
Our intention is to officially open the Cycle Super Highway and Western Cycle Corridor for all to use. Launch new Cycle City signage – New route name for the Western Cycle Corridor – N3. Encouraging people to get on their bikes and try it out – makes commuting into the city easier for all.
Also a free public Cycle Ride to be organised and promoted with Ridewise for the 17th December to encourage getting to know the route and get people on their bikes.
How to Use guides: Three videos produced by Nottingham BikeWorks for NCC promoting the new cycle facilities of side roads and the cycle superhighway have been developed theses will be added to social media channels and promoted as part of the launch to help promote the importance of safety on the new routes and how to use guidance.
Signage and branding of route: The new signage will be launched at this event providing examples of what the new route signage will look like including the revised names of all routes – Western Cycle Corridor will now be called N3
A press release will be sent to media W/C 12th December.
Attendees for Photo Call – 14th December – 8.30
- Cllr McDonald – Ribbon Cutting with
- Kajsa Tylen – – Ribbon Cutting – Swedish national and Nottingham resident – Just beaten a cycling mileage world record set in the 1930s of cycling over 29,604 miles in a year – her message is for everyone to change their lifestyle and get on a bike – she is happy to support us in promoting our infrastructure and attend this event http://www.ayearinthesaddle.com/
Also in attendance:
- Chief Executive of Sustrans – Xavier Bruce – confirmed attendance. (Sustrans involved in conceptual design of the scheme.)
- Chief Executive of Whitehouse Construction (Derbyshire based company which built the Cycle Superhighway) – Steve McKeown – confirmed attendance
- Pedals, Ridewise, Nottingham Cycle Works and British Cycling representatives
- representative from the D2N2 LEP which provided the funding
For more details, see this West Bridgford Wire piece.
Two new NET route cycling guides are available. Copies will be sent out with the next Pedals newsletter in May or can be obtained directly from Carol Mee at Nottingham City Council: Carol.Mee@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
For further information about cycling around the tram network, please visit thetram.net/safety-cycling
Earlier this year Sustrans held consultation events in Ilkeston and Awsworth to publicise their plans to restore the historic Bennerley Viaduct and reuse it for a cycling and walking link between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The 1,452 foot long bridge would be used as part of a through route between Nottingham and Derby, and with good connections to both sides of the Erewash valley, including the Erewash Valley Trail, connecting Langley Mill with Trowell Lock and Attenborough etc.
Bill Tomson has since May last year been working on these proposals as the Project Officer with Sustrans at their regional office in Nottingham. Following this successful public consultation Sustrans plans to apply for Heritage Lottery Grant funding.
A first bid to be submitted this summer will focus on community engagement activities to promote the project and the viaduct’s heritage widely in the local area, including schools. It is hoped that this will be followed by a major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund next year focusing on the restoration and route creation works.
On 18 June a meeting was held in Ilkeston to discuss the formation of a Friends of Bennerley Viaduct group to support Sustrans with these bids and the practical tasks by working parties already begun (see picture by Bill Tomson) and monthly meetings are now planned to follow this up, with representatives of all the many different interests involved with this project.
The next working party is due to take place on Saturday 8 Aug. If anyone is interested in joining in, please email Bill Tomson <Bill.Tomson@sustrans.org.uk>. Or email Bill if you can’t make it on the 8th but want to attend future workdays.
Bennerley Viaduct prospectus PDF. This dates from 1986 and was produced by the Bennerley Viaduct Preservation Trust – a group of activists who helped save the viaduct from demolition.
For more information contact:
Network Development Officer,
2 King Street,
Tel: 077960 43687 / (0115) 853 29 53
Ridewise has produced some new posters promoting their Cycle Centres:
“RideWise is a Nottingham based charity, committed to providing practical solutions that make cycling an enjoyable and safe form of everyday transport. RideWise have cycle centres in the Broxtowe area which provide weekly advice, training, free bike loans and information about routes and journey planning, as well as a weekly bike ride. For enquiries please call RideWise on 0115 955 2288 or e-mail email@example.com
RideWise also offer bike maintenance courses. Please ring the office on 0115 955 2288 or contact Vera on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on dates, times and course content.
These cycle centres are being delivered as part of the Nottingham Urban Area’s successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme which since 2011 has established Nottingham as an exemplar for integrated sustainable transport. For further details visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/lstfprojects”
Pedals is taking the lead in reviving plans for a foot-cycle bridge over the Trent east of Lady Bay bridge, focusing on a link between Trent Lane and The Hook, the open space by the Lady Bay area of West Bridgford which we are now convinced is the best location overall, and the only one with a good prospect of attracting the necessary funding.
Since August 2014 there has been revived interest in the long-standing idea of providing a foot-cycle bridge across the Trent east of Lady Bay Bridge, including better connections between Colwick Park and Holme Pierrepont Country Park and National Water Sports Centre. Previous schemes have come to nothing for various reasons but we now think there is a real window of opportunity to make progress at last.
Pedals has been strongly encouraging this new momentum which would help to provide much safer, direct and more pleasant links for cyclists, walkers and runners, and be a very useful facility for both leisure and commuting use.
Its value as a commuting link for cyclists would be all the greater with the plans the City Council now has for improved cycling provision on Daleside Road, and provide a much safer route than Trent Bridge or Lady Bay bridges which are very busy and intimidating.
Given the shortage of public sector funding for such projects we think that the only way to get this project off the ground is to work closely with private developers, and taking advantage of the opportunities arising from the major development plans soon going ahead both north and south of the river. Developer contributions from several different schemes could help to pay for the bridge as well as some charitable sources such as the Nottingham Bridge Estate.
Of particular importance in the near future are the plans for major redevelopment of the Trent Basin site, which over the next few years is likely to extend much of the way from Trent Lane to Lady Bay Bridge. This is being carried out by Blueprint Regeneration with the backing of the Homes and Communities Agency. We are therefore working closely with Nick Ebbs of Blueprint Regeneration, who is very keen on the idea of this link, closely related to various other sustainability features in the development, and a new stretch of riverside path west of Trent Lane.
Another key player is and John Rhodes of Trent Park Developments, who was responsible for the River Crescent development block completed in 2008 which included a new stretch of riverside path helping to connect Trent Lane towards Racecourse Road and Colwick Park. There is also the opportunity get developer contributions from other projects like to go ahead nearby, e.g. close to the \Park Yacht Club.
Another vital player in this revived interest and momentum is Tom Huggon, a well-known and very experienced environmental lawyer and campaigner, and local Open Spaces Champion in Nottingham.
The existing riverside paths on both banks of the Trent help people to enjoy the Trent riverside by bike, on foot and running, and as part of the project, we are keen to see further riverside paths and upgraded links, on both banks of the river and including a continuous link on the north bank between the Victoria Embankment and Colwick Park, extending the path under Trent Bridge to Meadow Lane lock completed in 2009, as part of The Big Track scheme.
We also want to see commuting links improved south of the river, especially between the bridge site and the new housing to be developed in the Gamston-Tollerton area.
To help promote public support we have already held several meetings, including a very useful public meeting on 22 October 2014 organised by the Lady Bay Community Association, which generated lots of questions and interest. By the beginning of this year we had managed to get support in principle for the bridge from no less than 18 local organisations, which is very encouraging.
Our next step is to organise a feasibility study to demonstrate clearly the sound case for the bridge at this site, following the very useful advice we had at a meeting on 9 January with Matt Easter, Regional Director of Sustrans. Work on this has now started by John Rhodes and Hugh McClintock.
The south end of the proposed bridge would like directly to Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 15 (and the Trent Valley Way) and we are very keen to get support from Sustrans and benefit from all their experience with such projects elsewhere in recent years.
We are also working closely with the County Council, the City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council and plan meetings soon with other important organisations such as the Environment Agency and the Canal and Rivers Trust. Other organisations will need to be consulted with regard to the interest of river users, anglers, horseriders and nature conservation etc.
We are very keen to continue to build up further public support in parallel with developing the case for the bridge in more detail and sounding out various sources of possible financial support, in parallel with completing work on the feasibility study.
UPDATE (28 Jan 2015):
- Sir Paul Smith has added his name to the list of bridge supporters.
- There’s an article in today’s Nottingham Post by Mark Patterson on the proposed foot-cycle bridge between Trent Lane and The Hook.
These images show the proposed bridge site from the north and south banks:
- For further information please contact Hugh McClintock, email: Hugh.McClintock@ntlworld.com
Update of 14 Dec 2017:
After a long and tortuous process and much further work on possible north bank bridge landings, in particular, we recently obtained the support in principle of Cllr. Jon Collins, the Leader of Nottingham City Council. However his letter made clear that we could not expect direct financial support from the City Council.
We have now started, in cooperation with Sustrans, to step up our search for sources of funding, while also having further detailed discussions with interested parties about a slightly revised bridge site, a little further upstream, and how this would best relate to future phases of the Trent Basin housing development, the extended north bank riverside paths and the new Eastern Cycle Corridor cycle path on the north side of Daleside Road.
For notes of the meetings of the core group / steering group working on the proposed bridge please click here: