Nottingham City Council has launched a consultation into a major infrastructure project that will see the creation of a new, segregated cycle superhighway to improve access into and through the city centre.

The Western Corridor is a new cycle route that will run from Colwick in the east to University Boulevard and beyond in the west. Existing cycle routes along the route will be upgraded, while the new cycle superhighway will be installed from Castle Boulevard through Abbey Bridge to Dunkirk, which the council said will be speedy, direct and segregated.

To fund the works, Nottingham secured £6.1m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)  to invest in and kickstart an overhaul of the city’s cycle facilities. The funding is for two years from April 2015 through to March 2017.

Councillor Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for jobs, growth and transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “ The Western Corridor is the centrepiece of the proposals; improving access to and through the city centre, making it more likely that bikes will be chosen ahead of cars to complete short cross-city journeys.

“In the last five years the number of cycle journeys being made in Nottingham has increased by 31%. Our cycling ambition is to make cycling people’s preferred mode of transport.”

Businesses and residents located along the route are encouraged to take part in the consultation and look at proposed plans on an interactive map.

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