What is the Active Travel Fund?
In May 2020, the Government announced a £250m Active Travel Fund (ATF) to deliver interventions to encourage more walking and cycling; and embed walking and cycling as part of long-term commuting habits to secure the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits.
Nottinghamshire County Council has been successful in securing £2.178m from Tranche 2 of the fund towards the delivery of several potential cycle and footway improvement schemes across the county and to implement behavioural change measures within these local areas. The County Council’s ambitious Tranche 2 bid proposals, however, totalled over £3m, which exceeds the Council’s funding allocation.
Further refinement of the proposals included in the bid is therefore required to determine a programme that fits the funding available. The first stage of this process was to undertake further feasibility work on each of the schemes included in the bid proposals. Following an assessment of this work, a number of schemes were taken forward for the first round of consultation in early 2021.
The schemes consulted upon for possible inclusion in the final ATF Tranche 2 programme included:
- A6191 Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield – a fully segregated footway/cycleway on both sides of the road.
- Beeston cycling improvements – including a point closure to through traffic on Dovecote Lane and additional secure cycling hubs at the nearby rail station.
- High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield – a two-way cycle route comprising of both shared use footway/cycleway and dedicated on-road sections.
- Randall Way, Retford – a new two-way fully segregated cycleway/footway. The scheme includes upgrading the pedestrian refuge near Silverdale Close to a toucan crossing.
- Regatta Way, West Bridgford – upgrade of the existing shared use footway to create a new fully segregated cycleway
- A behaviour change support package: The above schemes will include a behaviour change support package specifically targeted along the proposed Tranche 2 infrastructure improvements, as well as in the locations/town centres to which these routes improve access.
The first round of consultation was used to inform the design of each scheme and help determine which schemes would be included in the final ATF Tranche 2 delivery programme.
Current options for three of the schemes High Pavement, Randall Way, Regatta Way are now being consulted upon, with the two further schemes undergoing further development work with a view to being consulted upon later in the year.