Improved Blue Badge parking bays to open in city centre

Published: 6 January 2023

Blue badge parking sign on a post.

New and improved Blue Badge Holder parking bays will open along Gower Street from Friday 13 January 2023.

New accessible parking bays are almost ready to open as part of a range of exciting changes around St Peter’s Street, Babington Lane and Gower Street.

15 new Blue Badge Holder parking bays, with improved accessibility, will open along Gower Street from Friday 13 January 2023 as Derby City Council continues to deliver better transport choices for the city.

The bays along St Peters Street will close permanently from 16 January 2023 once the Gower Street bays are completed.

By closing the bays, work can now begin on exciting improvements to be made to reduce congestion and pollution by making it easier and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and public transport to travel in the area.

These changes will make the area more welcoming for pedestrians, including wider pavements, improved crossings, and more seating, whilst also reducing the number of vehicles passing through.

The cycle lane will be improved to further encourage sustainable active travel, while new trees will also be planted that will create a greener, cleaner more pleasant environment for all to enjoy.

Councillor Steve Hassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning & Transport, said:

These works are part of a wider project to deliver better transport choices for Derby and improve accessibility in the city centre for everyone. Whilst we will have had to remove the blue badge bays on St Peter’s Street to do this, we will be replacing them with much improved bays on Gower Street.

We have made every effort to reduce the impact and will not be closing any blue badge bays on St Peter’s Street until the facilities on Gower Street are fully opened.

Works have already begun in the area and are expected to be completed by Summer 2023. The Council will work with businesses and transport operators to ensure minimal disruption.

These works are part of Nottingham and Derby’s Transforming Cities programme, funded by the Department of Transport and delivered by Eurovia on behalf of Derby City Council.

Working in partnership, Nottingham City and Derby City Councils secured £161 million from the Department for Transport to invest in local transport infrastructure that will improve sustainable transport, support growth, and encourage more low carbon journeys.

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