We've been celebrating the opening of a new £1 million cycle link in Chesterfield. This new cycle route means that the south west of the town, around Queens Park, is now connected to the railway station and Chesterfield FE College.
Delivered in partnership with Derbyshire County Council it provides an important missing link in the local cycle network.
Representatives from Sustrans, Chesterfield Borough Council, Network Rail and East Midlands trains joined Cllr Dean Collins from Derbyshire County Council who officially opened the link on Friday 16 September on Hollis Lane Bridge.
“ We’re delighted to be involved in this project - all catalysed by a local volunteer. ”
The idea for the scheme originally came from a local Sustrans Ranger, Paul Balderson. We then secured £1 million of funding for the cycle link through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund - awarded by the Department of Transport. Construction work was carried out by Derbyshire County Council and included modifications to an existing bridge and the installation of a new bridge.
Speaking about the project Matt Easter, Regional Director said:
“This is a fantastic project and the new link will be a great asset to Chesterfield. It’ll provide a safe, healthy and pleasant route to the station for residents and visitors.
"It will reduce traffic congestion and help people to travel in a way that’s good for their health and their environment.”
"The easier we can make it for people to make smarter travel choices the more achievable that becomes. That’s why we’re delighted to be involved in this project - all catalysed by a local volunteer.”