New riverside walkway planned from Colwick Park to footbridge across Trent

 New riverside walkway planned from Colwick Park to footbridge across Trent
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A new pedestrian footbridge over the River Trent will be completed in the next three or four years. 

The long-awaited bridge, open to cyclists and pedestrians, has now received £9.2 million in funding from the Government. 

However one condition of the funding is that it has to be spent – or committed to be spent – before April 2023, and work needs to have got underway by then.

Detailed plans are yet to be drawn up for the bridge, but it is expected to go between Lady Bay Bridge and Trent Bridge.

It will link to the Waterside development on the city side, which is currently under development, and is expected to feature a broad river-side walkway for pedestrians and cyclists, linking up to Victoria Embankment and eventually to Colwick Park.

Hugh McClintock, from Nottingham Pedals, has long supported the bridge, and works on the Bridge Steering Group. 

PICTURED: Colwick Country Park

He told a meeting this week: “We’re particularly pleased as the bridge steering group to see that the bridge is definitely funded, nearly six years after we started campaigning. 

“Although it’s now a city council project we’re very keen to work closely with the city council and other partners to make it successful, and in further consolidating support on both sides of the Trent, and we’ve had a lot of encouraging noises recently from Rushcliffe Borough Council, which is good. 

“Another thing in terms of the wider context is the interest of the Environment Agency, we’ve consulted them all along, because one of the important things about the bridge is minimising flood risk when it comes to the design of the bridge itself and the height above the Trent.

“But also more widely the Environment Agency is trying to get funding for the Trent Gateway project, a very comprehensive and multi-faceted project covering all the Trent through Nottinghamshire, and that includes improved recreational opportunities.

“They’re very keen to see as part of that improved access for walkers and cyclists along both banks of the Trent and also improved routes to the Trent, and improved river crossings.

“I think it’s important, although we want to see it completed in the next two or three years and that’s part of the condition of funding, we have to look at the longer term, and how getting further improved access is vital, on both banks.”Categories: Transport Planning PermissionLocations:Authorities: Nottingham City CouncilNottinghamshire County CouncilLDRS FAQsCopyright © 2020 BBCSUPPORT

Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter

Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter

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