Chesterfield road closure imminent as bridge is lifted into place

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Work to build a new cycle path in Chesterfield between Queen's Park and the train station reaches a major milestone in the coming hours.

A new 30-metre span bridge for pedestrians and bikes will be lifted into place over Hollis Lane next to the railway line during the early hours of Sunday morning.

This will provide a direct route from the station across a series of new and refurbished bridges to connect with existing paths linking to Derby Road, the Ravenside Retail Park and the Hipper Valley Trail to Somersall.

The new path is being installed as part of the Chesterfield Cycle Network - a long-term project to link shopping areas to the train and bus stations and main residential areas in the town.

Hollis Lane and the A61 off-slip road will be closed at the railway bridge from 8pm on Saturday until 9am on Sunday to allow the work to take place. Signs will be in place to divert traffic during the road closure.

Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: "This project will provide a safe and easy route for people to cycle through Chesterfield.

"We know more and more are using bikes to get from A to B − it's better for the environment, cheaper than running a car and it's a great way to stay fit and healthy too.

"We're carrying out this work at night to cause the least disruption to motorists as possible and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused."

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