Consultation begins on changes around the Spot

Published: 26 October 2021

Babington Lane bus stop

bus stop on Babington lane

A 12-week consultation has been launched regarding public realm improvements around the Spot, as part of the Transforming Cities programme. This consultation is aimed at gathering feedback on the suggested proposals covering the project area from Gower Street, into Babington Lane, St Peter's Street to its junction with Osmaston Road and London Road

The plan is designed to improve safety and connectivity of the area making these streets more pedestrian and disabled user friendly, reducing vehicular traffic and improving the active travel options producing more attractive unified streets that strengthen the feeling of place and create local identity.

The plan proposes:

  • A contraflow cycle lane that is partly segregated from vehicles by trees
  • Relocation of Blue Badge Holder parking provision to Gower Street that has level access onto the street
  • Wider pavements with tree planting and attractive new sitting areas that incorporate disability accessible seats
  • Improved level crossing areas at the junction of London Road and Osmaston Road, and Babington Lane and Gower Street

The consultation can be viewed at Let's Talk Derby page of the Derby City Council website and we encourage views and responses from as many residents as a possible. The Consultation will run until Sunday 16th January 2022.

The work at the Spot is to be complemented by recent changes to the Derbion car parking systems.

Adam Tamsett, general manager at Derbion, said:

In June 2020, the decision was made to review our car parking offer as we felt that the existing system was not reflective of changing consumer behaviour. 

Following an extensive audit, we took the decision to invest in a new ticketless and cashless solution, designed to make the customer journey seamless from the moment visitors arrive at the centre. Within the audit we focussed on how improved system could help improve accessibility for all our visitors and included solutions such as lower payment stations and the option to pre-register entry and make payment before your visit. 

Upgrading our car parks was just part of our ongoing schedule of investment in the centre and overall vision for Derbion.

Councillor Jerry Pearce, Cabinet Member for Streetpride said:

This is a very interesting and detailed proposal that will enhance our carbon goals and improve the environment around the Spot.

We are really keen that as many people as possible to participate in the consultation and give us their feedback.

The improvement scheme formed part of the £161m joint bid with Nottingham City Council to the Department of Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund, which is aimed at improving connections between major employment sites and promoting active travel and public transport.





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