This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Pedals (Nottingham Cycling Campaign):

  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people

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  • No drop kerb at Queens Road / University Boulevard.

    Created by David Lally // 0 threads

    Riders heading north west on Queens Road will want to join the Western Corridor lane here. There is a large ASL box at the lights at the end of Queens Road so it's obviously expected that cyclist will use the road here.

    The area was re-surfaced in September but no drop kerb was installed. This will mean riders doing this manoeuvre will have to maintain position in the traffic lane until the Toucan crossing some 40 metres around the corner.

    See video at the link

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  • TMP 7196 - North-South City Centre Cycle Route, Nottingham

    Created by Iain Lane // 1 thread

    Nottingham City Council is looking to encourage the growth of new cycle users within the City,
    thus giving a viable alternative to motor vehicles and encouraging a healthier lifestyle for all
    citizens. As part of this vision it is proposed to expand the City’s cycle facilities by providing
    contra-flow cycle lanes on parts of the carriageways of Friar Lane, Park Row and The Ropewalk,
    allowing safe passage for city bound cyclists travelling from the north-west of the city centre.
    These are quiet, low trafficked streets ideal for cycling. However, the current restrictions prohibit
    cycling in the opposite direction of the one way, therefore compelling cyclists to travel on less
    appropriate routes.
    Furthermore, a minor reduction of the Pay & Display parking bays immediately to the south-east
    of The Ropewalk/Oxford Street junction will be necessary to accommodate the proposed re-
    construction works to that junction.
    For more details please refer to drawing ref: TM/SB/TMP 7196/01
    Before proceeding further with these proposals and in accordance with statutory procedures and
    policies, I now wish to consider your views regarding this matter. Whilst it may not be possible to
    agree to all your suggestions, they will be incorporated into the proposals whenever appropriate
    and economically feasible.

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  • failure to keep clear HARMSTOM ROAD

    Created by Trothben // 1 thread

    driver understanding lacking. Does the council need to release a youtube video say of a traffic cop driving around pointing out how to behave around these areas.

    Or a sign: "treat as a zebra crossing, Give way and keep clear at all times."

    Second part for the same reason crocodile teeth are present on the approach to zebra crossings does a similar approach with yellow lines need to stop drivers blocking the visibility.

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  • Harmston Rise failure to stop

    Created by Trothben // 1 thread

    As discussed at pedals meetings I confidently step out onto pedestrian crossings...
    I keep it in mind that the car may not stop...

    Really need to challenge powers that be over this one.
    Either its enforceable and the driver needs to be cautioned by NP suggest Driving with due care and attention.
    NCC need to get their act together with the level side road treatments.

    Be that rumble strips better approach warnings plastic wands to tighten the space.

    silver lining: video shows the driver is riding the brakes around the whole corner through the crossing. He is already braking when I enter the challenge. shows the feeder speed of 40mph is too high.

    Suggested action: enter formal notice (for legal purposes) to NCC regarding inherent danger to vulnerable road users at side road treatments suggest it will apply to all 42 prosed and actual sites.

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  • Heatherly Drive vol 2 Transit van

    Created by Trothben // 1 thread

    see youtube

    Not happy at all about this one.

    Knew it was a failure to yield from approach speed and road position so came off it early to maintain safety margin.

    Very little real protection if a vehicle swings like this. I suspect his fuse has gone on both reversing lights to be out. Driver states "oh they don't matter" when informed.

    Suggested action point would be two nice big white bollards on the left by the pedestrian tactile surface (shop side). wouldn't prevent the shop getting deliveries but would make drivers respect the road layout.

    KM contact set as 30jun16

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  • Poor drainage Harmston Rise

    Created by Trothben // 1 thread

    Harmston Rise.
    Inadequate drainage.

    Any other side road treatments failing already? do they need to be laying drainage kerbing?

    Ranty Highwayman has a note on them. Given the flooding that is prone on the ring road probably need to be pushing this with KM for the side roads that will be built to get them spec'd up to include the drainage.

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  • Right turn into Scotland Road

    Created by Trothben // 1 thread

    I use Scotland road as a lower NOx route. and its easier to join than going on the ring road side of Heathfield primary.

    Problem arises from vehicles waiting for the Nottingham Rd & ring road junction at the futurist blocking visibility of the junction. Makes it harder to turn and increases the threat.

    Suggested solution: Keep clear markings across the junction.

    If agreeable will email KM about it.

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  • Nottm City Council Review of barriers on rights of way

    Created by Hugh McClintock // 1 thread

    Comments welcome please on this consultation about barriers on rights of way.

    Pedals believes that any kind of barriers should be avoided as far as possible, especially those of the A-frame design. If access controls really are needed they should take the form of bollards (or staggered bollards) rather than barrier.

    Message of 22 Feb 2016 from John Lee, Nottm City Council

    Morning all

    Some of you will recall taking part in its preparation.

    We are in the process of reviewing the attached Policy. The policy was in response to complaints about the design of barriers the council have used on rights of way to deal with motorcycles and users safety. Although barriers help deter illegal use some designs were causing problems for disabled citizens, mobility scooters, double buggies and cyclists. When deciding whether a barrier is the best solution for a particular problem/location, the policy has helped provide a consistent approach.

    As part of the review do you have any comments on the policy, for example is there anything else the policy should include so the rights of way network is kept free from unnecessary obstructions and is accessible by all? Please forward onto any contacts who may have an interest.

    Please could I have your comments by Monday 21st March.


    John Lee
    Public Rights of Way
    Traffic and Safety
    Development and Growth
    Nottingham City Council
    Loxley House
    Station Street
    NG2 3NG

    Tele: 0115 8765246
    Mobile: 07976 794880

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  • Dangerous traffic light timings

    Created by David Lally // 1 thread

    These details reported on Nottinghamshire's web site:

    "The timing of the lights here poses a significant threat to cyclists. A number of times recently while westbound on Nottingham Road I have been over the stop line when seeing that the lights have changed to amber (observing the nearside light at the very corner of the junction). On each occasion I have been travelling at a pretty average commuting speed (I?d estimate 8 - 12 mph). At this speed I have been about level with the central island of Barton Lane when the lights for traffic emerging northbound from there have turned amber and right in the middle of that entrance to the junction when they have turned green. This has lead to some close encounters (not to mention abuse) from drivers setting off in the usual ?It?s on green so nothing should be in my way!? attitude. Please consider lengthening the time between amber for traffic on Nottingham Road and green for cars emerging from Barton Lane. "

    The apostrophe to question mark substitution appears to be as a result of the web site's text encoding.

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  • Southern Cycling Corridor (Clifton) plans consulation

    Created by Hugh McClintock // 1 thread

    Nottingham City Council is now consulting on plans for the proposed Southern Cycling Corridor, improving routes between the City Centre and Clifton via Wilford Bridge, and including routes to and from the Clifton campus of Nottingham Trent University, and extensions of the tramside path between Compton Acres and Clifton to Farnborough Road, etc.

    For details, including an interactive website where you can record comments visit

    see also the article in the Nottingham Post of 10 Feb 2016:

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  • Island site (between London Rd and Manvers St)

    Created by Hugh McClintock // 0 threads

    Nottingham City Council have recently (January 2016) published a Supplementary Planning Document to guide the regeneration of the big Island site between the top of London Road and Manvers Street (Sneinton). The consultation documents includes some suggested cycle links.

    Pedals has drafted a response to this, emphasising the need both for improved cycling provision within the site and connecting to and from it. We welcome comments on this before we finalise it before the deadline of 18 February:-

    Draft of 19 Jan: for finalisation by 18 Feb

    Nottingham City Council Island Site Draft Supplementary Planning Document consultation: response from Pedals (Nottingham Cycling Campaign), February 2016


    Pedals welcomes the recognition in this consultation document of the key importance of this site in sustainable transport terms, as well as the general recognition that priority should be given to the needs of people on foot and cycling. This means both upgrading and extending provision within the site and improving external links.

    Given the increasing problems of poor air pollution in Nottingham (most of which derive from motor traffic), including on London Road and the other main routes to and from Trent Bridge and Lady Bay Bridge, it is very important that the opportunity is taken in the regeneration of this major site to provide attractive alternatives to encourage walking and cycling, linked to other new and improved connections. This will also help the promotion of cycling to and from the new workplaces on this site, as well as to encourage use of bikes by people living in the new residential parts of the development (especially if linked to secure bike storage as an integral part of these developments).

    Cycling provision with the site

    The existing cycle path on City Link is substandard, especially towards its London Road end. This should be upgraded, and the opportunity should also be taken with the new east-west road to the south to provide a more direct link for cyclists between London Road (opposite the eastern end of Station Street) and the new toucan crossing near the western end of the Sneinton Greenway. Links to and from the proposed Eastern Corridor route within the site are also important.

    It is also important within the site that all the new roads are designed with a layout to give priority to safe movements on foot and by bike

    External links

    At the west end of the site, by the BBC Building, there is a pelican crossing of London Road, which is used unofficially by cyclists, and which does connect, a little indirectly, to the existing City Link cycle path. This is a useful way of avoiding cycling on the very busy roundabout at the north end of London Road.

    At the east end of City Link the present crossing arrangements to and from Sneinton Hermitage are unsatisfactory but the new toucan crossing already proposed will help to improve this situation and to provide a better connection to and from the Sneinton Greenway as well as to the rest of the new Eastern Cycle Corridor to the east via the Manvers Street extension and Daleside Road, etc. This improved route, together with the proposed new sections of riverside path between Meadow Lane Lock and Colwick Park, will help also to serve the new major Waterside (Trent Basin) housing developments on which work has now started, and help to alleviate the extra traffic congestion (and consequent worsened air pollution) that could be generated by these major developments.

    However, further external link improvements are needed including:-

    • A direct link between the west and south-west sides of the Island Site and Station Street, particularly in view of its importance as a key access route to and from Nottingham Station and the Station Street Secure Bike Compound, etc.

    • Direct links between the Island Site, near the NHS Walk-In Centre, and the northern end of the canal towpath (part of the Big Track circular route) parallel to London Road. The current access at this point, involving steps and crossing from one side of the canal to the other, is very unsatisfactory. This part of the canal towpath is likely to become more popular in future, once it connects with the new stretches of riverside path on the north bank of the Trent, east of Meadow Lane Lock, over the next few years, and extending not only to and from Colwick Park but also the proposed foot-cycle bridge between Trent Lane and The Hook (Lady Bay), as well as to other parts of the Big Track route further west via the Victoria Embankment, etc.

    • Direct links between the Island Site, near the NHS Walk-In Centre, and the rest of The Big Track site to the west, past Nottingham Station and the Magistrates’ Court etc. Given the narrow width and poor visibility of the towpath on the corner just north of Great Northern Close (the most substandard section of the whole Big Track route), it would be very helpful to provide a new foot-cycle bridge at this point, if this could be agreed with the Canal and River Trust. Although the proposed Eastern Cycle Corridor scheme will improve cycle links between the Island Site and the Lace Market and City Centre, this would be a very useful improvement in cycle access to and from the south side of the City Centre (Broad Marsh etc.), connecting to the new Western Cycle Corridor on Castle Boulevard etc, as well as to the rest of The Big Track towpath route west of the Magistrates’ Court.

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  • TME 7151M Consultation for Carrington St

    Created by Iain Lane // 1 thread

    Dear Consultee,

    Nottingham City Council (Carrington Street, Nottingham) (Bus Only Street, Prohibition of Driving Amendments) Experimental Traffic Order 2015 (TMP 7151M)

    As part of the ongoing development of the southern section of Nottingham City Centre, various projects will affect the way the road network will function within the area. Projects such as the Broadmarsh, NET Lines 2 & 3 and the redevelopment of Station Street has and will change traffic access through a number of prohibitions. As such traffic will use the Southern Relief Route which links Queen’s Drive through to London Road. This allows areas, such as Canal Street, Collin Street and Carrington Street to be more pedestrian and cycle friendly and provide a better bus interchange. This is similar to the north side of the City Centre Upper & Lower Parliament Street with Milton Street. Certain elements of these projects have already been introduced and once completed will reduce general through traffic in the area.

    As part of the Station program a new Traffic Regulation Order ‘TRO’ is being introduced that makes Carrington Street ‘from its junction with Station Street to its junction with Queen’s Rd/Sheriffs Way a Bus only Street. This was in response to the request from the Nottingham Hackney Taxi Association and means that only Buses and Cycles will be able to use that section of road with no other exemptions. The junction of Station Street, at its junction with Carrington Street, is already closed to general traffic, though it does allow loading vehicles to gain access to Station Street from Midnight to 7.30am in the morning, through controlled access via lockable bollards.

    It is intended that the existing Prohibition of Driving on Carrington Street from its junction with Canal Street to its junction with Station Street be amended to remove the exemption for Taxis. This is to avoid drivers being caught between these two restrictions by error or through pressure from passengers that they may be carrying and therefore, being caught by the camera enforcement of the bus gate on Carrington Street outside the railway station.

    The current prohibition of Private Hire Vehicles from Carrington Street will remain, along with the existing exemption allowing access to off-street parking areas and for loading, up to the junction with Station Street. However, to manage the area more affectively these activities will require a permit, which will be issued by Nottingham City Council’s Processing and Enforcement team. With regards to Goods Vehicles, such as large panel vans and HGV’s, will not require an access permit, as the Authority is looking to install an Automatic Number Plate Recognition ‘ANPR’ camera that will monitor the access from Canal Street. This unit will have new vehicle classification software, which can help identify these types of vehicles and as such automatically exempt them for access to load and unload.

    When loading vehicles are looking to leave this section of Carrington Street, they will not be able to proceed in front of the Railway Station due to the Bus Only Street Order and the closure onto Station Street during the day. Therefore, vehicles will have to turn round at the junction of Station Street/Carrington Street junction and proceed back to Canal Street. Therefore, the existing Prohibition of Driving Order on the west side of Carrington Street will be removed completely.

    Any driver wishing to exit Carrington Street from off-street parking places, for example the Magistrates Court can only exit out via Canal Street, in order to avoid contravening the restriction in front of the Railway Station.

    The amendment to the existing restriction will be done under an Experimental Traffic Order that will last up to 18 months before it is considered being made permanent. The purpose of which, is to help facilitate the passage of pedestrians and reduce the number of vehicles to only those that have a genuine requirement and have no alternative access for off road parking or loading/unloading. It will also support the full benefits of the Station redevelopment by the public transport providers and their customers that use the area.

    This will reduce the likelihood of danger to vulnerable road users, in addition, to improve the overall amenities in the area. These restrictions are increasingly common throughout the City and to protect the intended outcomes, the Council will adopt a robust position in dealing with challenges that may be made to any Penalty Charge Notices issued as part of this Order.

    To support this, the scheme will include clear warning of the restriction on Carrington Street by the installation of advanced signs on Canal Street, to inform drivers and to ensure compliance to the restrictions and enable them to make an informed decision before committing themselves to enter the Street. Finally, though it is intended to support the restriction through the installation of ANPR cameras ensuring robust enforcement and better compliance, this does not prevent the Police from carrying out enforcement and allows them to target their resources elsewhere, if they choose. Please see attached plan TM/AR/TME7151M/01.

    Before proceeding further with these proposals and in accordance with statutory procedures and policies, I now wish to consider your views regarding this matter. Whilst it may not be possible to agree to all your suggestions, they will be incorporated into the proposals whenever appropriate and economically feasible.

    As part of the Experimental Order process, there is a six month period for objections starting with the date the order comes into force. Any comments or objections to the proposals being made permanent should be received in writing at the above address by 22nd June 2016. If you have any queries or problems regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me on the above number.

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  • Toton HS2 development consultation

    Created by David Lally // 1 thread

    Consultation on development in the area of the proposed HS2 East Midlands Hub at Toton. Transport provision with be the County responsibility but it's important that the possibility of cycle route links between the Toton Lane tram terminus (which now has a good quality cycle route to the outskirts of Beeston) and Long Eaton / Route 67 is not compromised.

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  • Draft Cycling Strategy for Nottinghamshire (October 2015)

    Created by Hugh McClintock // 0 threads

    The Nottinghamshire Local Transport Plan (LTP) sets out the County Council’s overarching transport strategy for Nottinghamshire and is supported by a number of more in depth strategies detailing how the LTP will be delivered. Increasing financial constraint/reducing budgets have also brought forward an essential need for the County Council to develop clear strategies for its future transport priorities and investment.

    A Cycling Strategy for Nottinghamshire has therefore been developed to complement the LTP in the delivery of local and national objectives; particularly those relating to improving access to jobs and reducing the impacts of congestion on the economy. The draft Strategy sets out how the County Council will work with partners, stakeholders and the public to increase cycling levels and improve cycling safety in Nottinghamshire.

    Before we finalise the strategy we want to know if you agree with the strategy we have developed. You can view or download the proposed strategy at the link below.

    The webpage also has a link to an online survey where you can leave your comments.

    We would particularly like to know:

    1. Do you agree with the cycling vision for Nottinghamshire (detailed in paragraph 2.1 of the Strategy)?
    a. Would you like anything additional included in the vision?

    2. Do you support the actions set out in the Strategy to deliver the cycling vision for Nottinghamshire (detailed in chapters 4 to 14 of the Strategy and summarised in the blue boxes in each chapter)?
    a. Are there any actions that you would like to see included in the Strategy that are not currently included?
    b. Of the actions included in the Strategy, are there any that you think the Council and its partners should prioritise?

    3. Do you have any further comments on the Strategy?

    Thank you for your help.

    Transport planning and programme development team
    Place & Resources Department
    Nottinghamshire County Council
    County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP

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  • Ponding

    Created by Iain Lane // 1 thread

    There's a new island here, which was constructed as part of the tram works. If you look at the attached picture you can see that when it is raining there is a large puddle which makes it difficult to cycle over.

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