The government has awarded us just over £1.6 million to create the new route for cyclists and those on foot.
The route will go from the A619 junction with Holymoor Road, along Chatsworth Road and the existing Hipper Valley Trail, through Queen’s Park, past the train station and to the hospital and beyond by using Crow Lane and Wetlands Lane.
The plans for the route include improving existing sections by widening and resurfacing, to provide enough space for all users.
And the plans have wide support amongst those who responded to a recent consultation. A total of 1182 responses were received, with 71% (841) being positive about the plans, 9% (100) were neither positive or negative about the plans, and 20% (241) were negative about them.
Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, said:
“I’m pleased that so many people were so positive about this new cycling and walking route for the town and would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation.
“It will help many people to walk or cycle into the town centre, to the railway station and the hospital.
“If my cabinet colleagues agree with the plans then we will carry on with the detailed design work. I’d expect us to start work before the end of the year, with an aspiration to hopefully finish the route by the end of March 2022.
“We need to find more ways to take traffic off the roads, and more walking and cycling routes like this one are key in making this happen.”