More city centre streets set to be transformed

Published: 18 November 2022

artists impression of improvements on Victoria and Albert Street

Artists impression of Albert Street.

More city centre streets are ready to be transformed meaning better transport options for residents and visitors.

Victoria Street and Albert Street will be the latest to undergo improvements as part of the Council’s mobility programme, after proposals received over 350 responses in a recent consultation.

The proposals will improve accessibility and provide more active travel options, allowing better movement between Derby’s two Business Improvement Districts, St Peter’s Quarter and Cathedral Quarter.

Much like the works around Babington Lane and St Peter’s Street, making active travel easier was central to the proposals. Wider footways, improved cycleways, and more cycle stands will be introduced and finished with new paving to make the streets more coordinated.

Visitors will also see more greenery and clearer streets, with new planting areas to be introduced and the removal of unnecessary street furniture.

The one-way system from the bus station to Wardwick, a temporary measure during the Covid-19 pandemic, will also be made permanent to further reduce congestion. Bus waiting areas and streetlights will also be improved to make the area safer and more comfortable for passengers and pedestrians.

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

This is just another step in our ongoing work to not only improve the look and feel of our city centre, but also provide improved travel options.

Feedback from the people who use our city is a key part of the process and we’re pleased with the number of positive responses to the proposals for Victoria and Albert Street.

This is not the last word in delivering better transport for the city, and I’m confident there will be more to come. We’re continuing to look at opportunities to deliver further improvements around the city.

Works are expected to be delivered in mid-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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