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Work to take place on two sections of the Chesterfield east west route

Published: 8 February 2023

Crow Lane in Chesterfield will close permanently to vehicles on 17 February 2023 to allow a dedicated cycle and walking route to the Royal Hospital.

The decision to close the lane was taken last November following a public consultation.

Crow Lane is the eastern end of the new cycle and walking route we are creating which will take people past the train station, through Queen’s Park and along Chatsworth Road to the A619 junction with Holymoor Road.

The lane was used by many hospital staff who walked or cycled to and from work at the height of the pandemic, and from 17 February 2023 they will once again be able to do this safely.

Work also starts on a further section of the route on 13 February 2023. The Hipper Valley Trail through Somersall Park is being upgraded, which will create a new wider asphalt surface for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

This work will take around 12 weeks during which time the park will remain open to the public. Traffic marshals will ensure safe passage of construction vehicles. As sections of the pathway are upgraded they will temporarily be out of use to the public.

The new walking and cycling route, once completed, will give a real alternative to taking the car for short journeys across Chesterfield, which is for the benefit of everyone who lives, works or visits the town. Fewer car journeys will bring health benefits to the whole town including cleaner air.

We have been awarded £1.68 million by the government to create the new route and work will take place later this year on further sections.