The Island Quarter announces £14k of improvements after plea from cyclists

Bicycle owners will be celebrating following the news that developer Conygar and the Canal & River Trust have found a solution to cyclists struggling to access a canal towpath in Nottingham.

The developer, which is currently on site at The Island Quarter, and the trust closed the stepped access to the east side of the canal towpath from Great Northern Close earlier this year – and introduced a ramp so that cyclists could still cycle the canalside.

But cyclists have complained that the temporary ramp they installed is too steep. However, today (Wednesday 28 April), Conygar and the trust have announced £14,000 of improvements to the ramp which will make it more accessible for cyclists.

Despite the current scaffolding meeting safety requirements, the developer says it is aware of concerns and have worked with the trust to come up with a solution. Improvement works are to commence next week, following the bank holiday to improve the access.

Richard Watson of Conygar said: “We have listened to cyclists’ concerns and have decided to act on those concerns and improve the ramp access as quickly as possible.

“We will be starting work following the bank holiday. Works will improve the access and make it more suitable for those people wanting to access the towpath with cycles.

“This area is very close to a working building site and the stepped bridge is part of the improvements in the long term. The trust and Conygar did not want to close the stepped bridge so that it could remain in use for the public – but we realise it is rather steep for those who want to push their cycles over the ramp.

“This bank holiday, we are asking cyclists who are concerned about the steep ramp to take an alternative route. Pedestrians will still be able to access the towpath.

“Conygar wants to improve the access long term and our development will celebrate the canalside. These works to the ramp are temporary and within a few months, normal access will be resumed.”

Phil Mulligan, regional director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’ve been really concerned to see the difficulties that people using the towpath have faced and are pleased to be helping to get new steps designed.

“The canal is a popular and important green space for people living and working in Nottingham to escape to. We hope that new steps can be in place as quickly as possible so that people can enjoy visiting the canal while the important works to transform the canalside take shape.”

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