Ilkeston Gateway project - cycling and walking improvements

Published on: Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Derbyshire County Council workers are upgrading a pedestrian crossing in Ilkeston as part of a wider £1.7m project to provide better cycle and walking links between the town centre and railway station.

This crossing upgrade marks the first phase in a further round of improvements being carried out as part of the Ilkeston Gateway project.

The crossing, on the B6007 Manners Road between the Bath Street and Pelham Avenue junctions, is being converted from a puffin to toucan crossing.

Puffin crossings are for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. Toucan crossings are wider to allow pedestrians and mounted cyclists to cross together.

Surveys have shown that 57% of local residents travel less than six miles to work.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: "We are committed to improving  walking and cycling infrastructure throughout the county but as work journeys in Ilkeston are relatively self-contained the town particularly lends itself to investment in facilities that provide real alternatives to getting out and about other than by car."

Councillor Spencer added: "These upgrades focus on providing better links for cyclists and pedestrians between the town centre and the new railway station. These better connected routes will make it easier for people to get to work and other services, plus they offer local residents opportunities to improve their health."

Improvements to the crossing started in early March. The work is being carried out weekdays only between 8am and 4pm and is expected to be completed by Friday 23 March.

During the works Manners Road is one-way between its junctions with Bath Street and Pelham Avenue. This means traffic approaching from Chalons Way roundabout is being diverted onto Bath Street, Pelham Street and Lord Haddon Road.  A temporary puffin crossing has been put in place on Manners Road.

The Canal and Rivers Trust has already improved the surface of two sections of path along the Erewash Canal towpath creating a continuous 2.5 mile route linking Bridge Street and Nottingham Road.

Other routes earmarked for improvement over the next year include:

  • The A6096 Millership Way between the town centre and railway station − improved signage and upgraded crossings
  • Ilkeston market place to the Nutbrook Trail − new signage via Pimlico and West End Drive
  • Ilkeston market place to the Nutbrook Trail and railway station − new signage via Burn Street, St Mary Street, Drummond Road, Manners Road and Manners Avenue
  • Links between Manners Road, Manners Avenue, Millership Way and the railway station − new on and off-road signage
  • Ilkeston town centre to the Erewash Valley Trail, via Larklands − new on and off-road signage
  • Shipley Country Park to the Erewash Valley Trail and railway station − new on-road signage via Church Street and Bridge Street.

The entire project is expected to cost £1.7m. The Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2 LEP) is putting in a £1.2m grant; with Derbyshire County Council contributing £350,000; and the Canal and Rivers Trust is providing £150,000.

D2N2 is a partnership organisation of local councils, businesses and other organisations, which takes the lead on major infrastructure projects.

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