Recently the Derby Telegraph published a further opinion piece from Derek Latham that discusses the importance of establishing the Derwent Valley Cycleway and how it would complement other long distance routes.
The old Prime Minister has given her support for the Derwent Valley Cycleway on her last day in office.
Pauline Latham MP asked, “The Derwent valley cycle way is an aspirational project running through my constituency. It would create an off-road cycle way between Derby and Baslow, providing an alternative commuting route, encouraging tourism, encouraging cycling among the young, and improving the health of the local population. Does the Prime Minister agree that more funding should be made available to support this and other, similar projects?”
The Prime Minister replied, “I recognise the importance of increasing cycling and walking. It is important for people’s health and the local environment. Schemes such as the Derwent Valley cycleway provide significant benefit to the local economy as well as to health and the environment. We have doubled our spending on cycling and walking in England, and our local cycling and walking infrastructure plan enables local authorities to take a strategic approach to planning improvements and to integrate them into wider plans for transport and economic development. I am sure the issue will continue to be supported by Conservatives in government.”
The Derwent Valley Trust is pleased to report on a successful application to Highways England for funds (well over £1 million) to design and build the cycleway from Darley Abbey to north of the A38 (with a link to Little Eaton). The design work starts immediately with final completion of this portion of the cycleway in early 2021.
The approximate scope of the funding is highlighted on the map.
Work continues with Derbyshire and Derby Councils and Highways England, together with their contractors, in obtaining the necessary landowner and legal agreements as well as the detailed design.
Excellent news and Highways England is thanked for their generosity in supporting this community led project.
Derbyshire aims to be the UK’s most connected cycling county but the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Derbyshire (and in the East Midlands) has totally inadequate cycling provision
England has only 18 sites inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Derbyshire is honoured to be the location of one of them, the Derwent Valley Mills, which is recognised for the birth of the factory system and as the first location worldwide to see large scale industrial activity in a rural landscape.
The Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Site is 15 miles from end to end and cycling would offer an excellent and sustainable way for visitors to travel between the various attractions. However, uniquely amongst the English World Heritage Sites, the facilities for cycling are totally inadequate.
The Derbyshire Cycle Plan, supported by Derbyshire County Council, declares that they want Derbyshire to be the “most connected cycling county in England”. Until there is cycle access throughout the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands that goal is unachievable.
The National Cycle Network has good connections to Derby at the southern end of the Heritage Site, the High Peak Trail (NCN 54) terminates near Cromford and there is a new route north from Matlock (NCN 680). However, apart from Darley Park at the southern end, there is no National Cycle Network within the World Heritage Site.
The Derwent Valley Trust is calling for a high quality traffic free cycleway to be built through the World Heritage Site to enable Derbyshire to deliver on its “most connected cycling county” goal and for all the commuting and tourism benefits that the route would provide. The economic case for the route is already established and shows a Very Good 4.8:1 return on investment.
Surely the UK Government would want to demonstrate their commitment to cycle travel by providing good quality access to, and through, all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country? And, surely Derbyshire won’t be able to claim to be the most connected cycling county when the only English World Heritage Site without good cycling provision is within Derbyshire?
The Derby Telegraph report on an analysis of accident statistics collected by the Dept for Transport in 2017 and just released. This shows that the A6 has the most accidents across all the roads in the county of Derbyshire (including motorways).
The paper also reports on the sad death of a motorcyclist as a result of a collision on the A6 between Allestree and Duffield this week.
Surely cyclists shouldn’t have to ride on the “most dangerous road in Derbyshire” in order to get around the Derwent Valley? Let’s see the off road Derwent Valley Cycleway prioritised and built as soon as possible.
The Government is currently collecting feedback on how they should replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to farmers. This is a great opportunity to press for incentives to allow better access to farmland and the creation of cycleways, etc.
Providing these incentives would have a great impact on the ease of creating the Derwent Valley Cycleway and you’re encouraged to add your support to the Cycling UK demands.
For more information and to add your support see here
Derby City Council commissioned a study (by Amion) on the benefits of the Derby to Matlock Derwent Valley Cycleway which concludes that investment in the cycleway would provide “Very High” 4.8:1 benefits from any investment. The majority of the returns would be from the impact of the cycleway on commuting journey quality although there would also be other economic benefits from health improvements and employment. The study uses modelling approaches as recommended by the DfT.
The full study can be downloaded here. This includes the conclusion that “… represents “Very High” value for money, and fits well with recently-approved D2N2 cycling projects.”
Derbyshire County Council are currently reviewing their proposed key cycle network and deciding on priorities for investment. This report is a very powerful argument for including the Derwent Valley Cycleway as a high priority project within this plan.
The Derby City Planning Control Committee have approved the plans for the multi-user path from Derby Rowing club to Darley Abbey (The Abbey pub) by 6 votes to 3.
Excellent news for the Derwent Valley Cycleway as this new path will link with the Cycleway and provide sustainable travel access into the park. It will also create an superb facility for youngsters, scooter riders, old people, people with disabilities, etc. to do circular tours along both sides of the Derwent (through Darley Fields, through the mill, and back through Darley Park and over Handyside Bridge).
Well done to all those who supported the proposals and made their views known to the decision makers. Also well done for the City Councillors on the planning committee who could see the huge benefits that the path will provide.
After a long delay sorting out issues of crossing the Peak Rail railway line, the route from Matlock to Rowsley is now officially open. This is part of the White Peak Loop and will form part of the Matlock to Baslow Derwent Valley Cycleway.
The picture shows the final link over the railway line near the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.
Great bit of route well built by Derbyshire County Council.
As part of the response to the Derbyshire Key Cycle Network consultation, we’ve created a document laying out the arguments (and supporting data) for the Derwent Valley Cycleway. This document shows how strong the benefits from creating the cycleway are, and, we believe, makes the overwhelmingly argument for including the Cycleway as a priority in the Key Cycle Network.