Progress on cycle network in Chesterfield

Alistair Meikle, secretary of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign
Alistair Meikle, secretary of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign

Campaigners have praised plans to create a cycle lane in Chesterfield as drivers face three months of delays while the work is carried out.

The 720m path between Infirmary Road and Hazlehurst Lane, Stonegravels, will be created alongside the A61.

Drivers on the northbound section of the A61 dual carriageway are warned to expect delays from August 26, when one lane will be closed for around 13 weeks while work is carried out on the cycle lane.

The new path will be part of the Chesterfield Cycle network linking shopping areas, hospitals, schools, the train and bus stations.

Alistair Meikle, secretary of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign, said: “The Chesterfield Cycle Campaign welcomes the news that Derbyshire County Council is going to build another section of the Stonegravels Way linking the town centre with Whittington Moor roundabout. This new section will link the shared path at the town end of Infirmary Road with the existing path at the bottom of Hazlehurst Lane.

“The north-south cycle route was identified as the first stage of the Chesterfield Strategic Cycle Network. By spring 2015 the final section of the new cycle route from the railway station to the new B&Q/skatepark area will be completed linking Whittington Moor to Storforth Lane.”

Councillor Joan Dixon, county council cabinet member for transport, said: “Cycling is a greener and cheaper way for people to travel and this cycle lane will make it safer and more convenient for people who choose to leave their car at home.

“We apologise for any traffic delays that may be caused while the work takes place.”