In Summer 2012, Derby City Council was awarded a £4.9 million grant through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). This was to deliver a comprehensive programme of sustainable transport initiatives, targeting the south-east quadrant of Derby, until March 2015. The resulting project was Connected, which was delivered by Derby City Council, working in conjunction with a range of local partners. It aimed to enable and inspire more people to use sustainable transport for their journey to work.


By March 2016 the Connected Travel Advice Service (TAS) had contacted 391 local workplaces. Of these 252 (64%) actively engaged with TAS, taking action to make themselves more accessible by sustainable transport, for the benefit of their 33,326 staff and other visitors. As part of this TAS helped 229 workplaces prepare travel action plans and 195 to carry out staff travel surveys. Following an analysis of staff travel surveys at ten of these businesses, it is estimated that the engagement contributed to reducing car mileage by 5,437,000 miles per year, and achieved carbon savings of 1,658 tonnes CO2 per year.


By March 2016 the most significant outputs of Connected cycling activities were:

• Provided 2km of new/improved on-road cycle routes; 4.2km of new/improved off-road shared-use cycle paths; and 1.7km of upgraded (resigned/relined) shared-use cycle paths. These included 5 new crossings for cyclists and pedestrians.
• Delivered cycle training to 318 adults.
• Ran led cycle rides which attracted over 150 attendees.
• Made cycles available cheaply or on loan to 372 new employees and trainees.
• Sold 706 recycled bicycles at affordable prices or donated them to people who needed them through the Bike Back Derby project
• Provided 472 new and improved cycle parking spaces.
• Attracted more than 917 members to Park Bikeworks (a purpose built, secure city centre cycle storage space), which had hosted over 3,773 parked bikes (as of March 2015).


Following the submission of papers to raise awareness of the impact of poor air quality on local health, to the County and City Health and Wellbeing Boards in March and June 2016, a multi-stakeholder workshop was established. The workshop brought together over 40 local and regional experts working either directly or indirectly to support air quality improvement, including health professionals, environmental health officers, planners, highways and transport officers, health and safety leads and voluntary organisations.

The event aimed to raise awareness of the impact of air quality on health across Derbyshire County and Derby City. As a part of the workshop delegates were asked to map existing work to bring about improvements in air quality, and support to the development of a County/City wide workplan to address air quality.

Following the workshop an annual report on air quality was developed and presented to Derbyshire Health Protection Board, and a summary paper shared with the Health and Wellbeing Boards for Derbyshire County and City. In response to the workshop an Air Quality working group has been established bringing together the various disciplines and Boroughs and Districts. The group has undertaken further mapping of activity to support improvements in air quality which will be used to support reporting at a local level to DEFRA and support cross organisational working and developed a reference directory of evidence on air quality. A workplan and air quality strategy are currently in development to support the strategic direction of the working group and its partner organisations.