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Derby set for new and improved cycle routes as part of £1.9m improvement plan

More than 1,000 metres of new and improved cycle routes will be created as part of a £1.9million project to reinvigorate Derby city centre's main streets and its economy, funded by Derby City Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project will also legalise cycling through the city centre via St Peters Street, before 10am and after 5pm.

The City Council's 15-year City Centre Masterplan has identified factors limiting the centre's economic growth – such as declining shopper 'footfall', and fragmented public spaces restricting pedestrian and cyclist movement in and around it – and has come up with solutions to address these, including the 'Connected Cycle City & Placemaking Project'.

Improvements will be made to the environment in and around city centre main streets and public spaces including St Peters Street, Albion Street, Exchange Street, Osnabruck Square, the East Street Bridge, and to provide improved cycle connections between the city centre and the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site area.

The £1.9m costs of the works will be met by £1.65m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – from its Local Growth Fund allocation, which is used to co-fund infrastructure projects which will directly aid economic and jobs growth in its area – and £250,000 from Derby City Council.

For more details go to http://www.d2n2lep.org/news/19million-plan-to-improve-derby-city-centre