Last updated: 22/10/2020

Pedestrian and Cycleway Improvements                           


West Park Replacement Bridge Progress

As a result of the consultation held recently (findings below), the Council have commissioned the architects Gagarin to progress Option 1 to the next stage of design. Initial 2D and 3D designs for the replacement bridge at Broad Street can be seen here:

2D bridge option 1 c                              3D bridge option 1 c


2023 West Park Replacement Bridge Survey

Headline findings

The following data is based on 512 survey replies as at 15 March 2023.

Respondent data

Are you responding as an individual or organisation?



Organisation Details Provided
ECP & DA Member
EMatrix Consultancy Services
Erewash Canal Preservation  & Development Association
Friends of West Park
Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society
Randox Testing Services
Unofficially as a member of ECP & DA
Zingari Bowls Club


Age of respondent

Age of RespondentPercentage
Rather not say3%
Under 181%


New bridge proposal

Q1. How beneficial would the provision of a direct link to the towpath, increased clearance of the towpath and wider bridge width be?

1 - extremely beneficial19839%
2 - quite beneficial10420%
3 - neither beneficial nor not beneficial5611%
4 - not beneficial418%
5 - not at all beneficial11322%


Q2. Would you be agreeable to travelling along the towpath to/from either Lawrence Street or Broad Street when using the bridge?

1 - strongly agree15330%
2 - slightly agree7414%
3 - neither agree or disagree6012%
4 - slightly disagree5711%
5 - strongly disagree16833%


Q3. Do you feel that the proposed bridge is an improvement of the existing bridge?

1 - strongly agree20841%
2 - slightly agree6613%
3 - neither agree or disagree306%
4 - slightly disagree479%
5 - strongly disagree16131%


Q4. Do you feel that the new bridge would be a positive thing for Long Eaton?

1 - strongly agree20540%
2 - slightly agree6012%
3 - neither agree or disagree449%
4 - slightly disagree377%
5 - strongly disagree16632%



Small Scale Project (£1m- 4m)

Long Eaton is a flat and compact town, well suited for cyclists and pedestrians. The Town Board would like to improve the connectivity around areas of the town. These include the bridge at Broad Street which connects West Park to the town centre. Currently the Broad Street Bridge is narrow and the ramps are steep. More importantly it doesn’t connect with the canal towpath.

There is also an opportunity to build a new multi-purpose pedestrian and cycle bridge over the canal at Britannia Road. This would provide an alternate route along the canal for residents North of Derby Road. Other considerations for pedestrian and cycleway improvements include providing sensitive lighting along the cycleway within West Park. 

Erewash Borough Council, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council recently commissioned AECOM to produce a Feasibility Study for multi purpose pedestrian and cycle bridges over the Erewash Canal at the locations mentioned above.

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