As part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the National Productivity Investment Fund, the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund aims to drive up productivity and spread prosperity through investment in infrastructure to improve public and sustainable transport connectivity between urban centres and suburbs, in some of England's largest cities.
Derby City Council, along with Nottingham City Council, successfully received more than £8m of funding, following their successful bid to the Department for Transport, in January this year. The bid included measures to improve public transport, reduce congestion and better connect the two cities. As well as improving links between the two cities, schemes will use new technology to support connections to employment sites and other areas of growth, while enhancing the experience for public transport passengers and upgrading facilities for walkers and cyclists.
- new bus priority at five key junctions along the A52
- smart cameras that will collect data on key routes to improve journey reliability and reduce congestion for all traffic
- new cycling route from Derby toward Nottingham along the former Spondon Canal
- expansion of current bike hire scheme in Derby and support for a new cycle hire scheme in Nottingham
A further joint outline business case between both Councils has been submitted for Phase two of the fund, for up to £188m of funding to improve public transport, reduce congestion and better connect the two cities.
Proposed projects include:
- Improving bus priority by using advanced technologies for urban and inter-urban bus services operating along key growth corridors between Derby, Nottingham and the East Midlands Airport employment zone, and within the two-cities’ urban areas. This included upgrading and extending the network of tram and bus-based Park & Ride sites across the area.
- Major public realm, walking and cycling investments focused on ongoing and allocated housing and employment developments in the immediate vicinities of Derby and Nottingham’s main rail and bus stations – improving links from them to the city centre and the new developments.
- Key strategic cycling improvements identified through the D2N2 LCWIP. Priority schemes included lighting and widening the traffic-free Derby Riverside Path and Canal Path routes, and the extension of Nottingham’s cycle routes though the Boots Enterprise Zone and Beeston to the edge of the urban area. The development of the LCWIP has identified opportunities to link these arterial urban cycle routes through green gaps between Derby, Nottingham and the airport.
The full business case will be submitted in November 2019.