Boost for cyclists as work set to start on new lane

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Work to build a new cycle lane alongside a busy Chesterfield road is due to start next month.

Derbyshire County Council will create the 370 metre cycle lane alongside the A61 northbound between Tesco and Whittington Moor roundabout.

The £125,000 path is being installed as part of the Chesterfield Cycle network - a long term project to link shopping areas, hospitals, schools, the train and bus station, Market Square and main residential areas in the town.

Work on this stretch will involve building a new section of pavement - part for pedestrians, part cyclists - between Queen Street North and Duke Street.

And the pavement between Queen Street North and King Street North will be widened to make way for bikes as well as pedestrians with a dedicated lane for bikes .

The A61 dual carriageway will be reduced to one lane in each direction for around five weeks while work takes place and motorist should expect delays.

The project is due to start on Monday, July 9, and is expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

Coun Simon Spencer, deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said the popularity of cycling was increasing all the time and they wanted to help the growing number of cyclists.

He said: “More people are turning to cycling as an alternative to the car and we’re committed to making it easier and safer for people to bike around Derbyshire.

“It’s better for the environment, cheaper than running a car and it’s a great way to stay fit and healthy too.

“We hope motorists will bear with us while this work takes place and apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused.”