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City works includes plans to improve cyclists’ access and create cycle parking facilities

Work to improve The Spot in Derby and attract more footfall to the area includes plans to improve cyclists' access and create more than 20 cycle parking facilities.

Work has begun on the Derby City Council scheme, after up to £750,000 of funding was agreed by the D2N2 LEP, the private sector-led Partnership which promotes economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Further funding to extend the Derby Connected Cycle City and Placemaking project to other parts of the city-centre – aimed at creating jobs, cycle paths and public spaces – may be considered by the D2N2 LEP Board at a later date; following an assessment of benefits from The Spot works and delivery of a wider, strong business case by the Council.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Environment and Regeneration at Derby City Council, said: "I am delighted that the city is continuing to prioritise and invest money in walking and cycling.

"These works will not only attract and motivate more people to walk and cycle but will also improve the city's economy, as new jobs are protected and created from retail and commercial development and investment, and truly realise Derby's potential as a cycle city."