Amey Consulting has been awarded the design contract for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing Nottingham’s River Trent.
The £9.2 million project, funded by the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund, will be delivered on by Nottingham City Council, working closely with Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.
The proposed structure will improve walking and cycling facilities for the people of Nottingham, creating new links for key areas including the Waterside residential development and Colwick Country Park. The crossing is set to be completed by Spring 2023.
The area under consideration for the bridge is to the east of Lady Bay Bridge and would connect the Trentside path at Lady Bay on the south bank to the Waterside regeneration area on the north bank. A broad river-side walkway for pedestrians and cyclists has also been proposed and among the main considerations for the design is integration with Nottingham’s existing walking and cycling network.
Councillor Adele Williams, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to offer a new option for both commuting and recreational trips, enhancing connections between Sneinton and the green spaces and riverside paths south of the river.
“The bridge is a key component in the Waterside Regeneration area, providing infrastructure to encourage walking and cycling, including linking to the city’s existing cycling corridors. It will ultimately help to reduce unnecessary car journeys and air pollution, having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of everyone in the city.”
Speaking on the announcement, Alex Gilbert, Managing Director, Amey Consulting, said, “We are delighted to work with Nottingham City Council on a new cycle crossing over the River Trent. Bridge design is a core strength of Amey Consulting and we will provide the City Council with a practical, sustainable and deliverable infrastructure design. Furthermore, our expertise in asset management means that minimising future maintenance costs to the City Council will be a key focus. Once constructed, this new bridge and walkway will play a crucial role in encouraging active travel across Nottingham which will support a healthier population and a cleaner environment.”