Active Travel Fund

The government’s Active Travel Fund has been set up to support the Gear Change strategy and to provide funding to support local authorities in implementing measures which will benefit walking and cycling.

The first round of funding (Tranche 1) was announced in May 2020. A £250m Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) was set up to deliver quick emergency interventions to make cycling and walking safer.  The aim of government’s EATF was to embed walking and cycling as part of long-term commuting habits to secure the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits.

A second round of funding from the Active Travel Fund (ATF) was announced in July 2020.  Tranche 2 was for the implementation of long-term measures to benefit walking and cycling which looked to reallocate road space to cyclists and pedestrians and alter the status quo of the road.  All schemes submitted as part of the bid had to meet specific criteria. The schemes we are delivering as part of Tranche 2 are detailed below and further information can be found on the Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 webpage.

In May 2022 it was publicly announced that we were successful in securing funding from the Active Travel Fund Tranche 3.  Details of the bid and the schemes for which we secured funding are detailed below and further information can be found on the Active Travel Fund Tranche 3 webpage

Tranche 3

Nottinghamshire County Council has been successful in securing £4.6m from Tranche 3 of the Government’s Active Travel Fund. 

We submitted a bid for the construction of cycle schemes in the following locations:

  • B6021 Kirkby Folly Road, Sutton in Ashfield.
  • Baulk Lane, Stapleford.
  • Cycle infrastructure programme.
  • River Trent Path, West Bridgford.

A bid was also submitted for two reserve schemes

  • A611 Derby Road, Mansfield.
  • A612 Colwick Loop Road, Netherfield.

Along with the bid, we submitted an expression of interest for a Mini-Holland scheme in Stapleford.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded the county council £4.6m to develop the following three schemes.

  • A611 Derby Road, Mansfield.
  • A612 Colwick Loop Road, Netherfield.
  • B6021 Kirkby Folly Road, Sutton in Ashfield.

The funding secures the delivery of these three schemes subject to the necessary design, consultation, and approval processes.  Further information on the Council’s Active Travel Fund Tranche 3 bid can be found on the Active Travel Fund Tranche 3 webpage

The DfT has also awarded the county counil £79K to explore the potential Mini-Holland scheme in Stapleford.

The funding secured is for a feasibility study to identify potential transformational cycle and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure improvements within the targeted area.  

Further information can be found on the Stapleford Mini-Holland webpage

Tranche 2

In November 2020, it was announced by the DfT that we were successful in securing £2.18m from Tranche 2 of the Government’s Active Travel Fund. 

The funding secured was less than the total value of the schemes included in the bid, therefore further feasibility work was undertaken on the proposed schemes followed by an initial consultation on the potential schemes in February/March 2021 to help determine a Tranche 2 programme. A round of consultation was undertaken in July/August 2021 on three of the schemes proposed as part of the Tranche 2 programme and the status of the schemes are as follows:

Beeston cycling improvements

The scheme proposed is for a point closure to through traffic on Dovecote Lane to provide a quiet route for cyclists.

A further round of consultation has been undertaken between Thursday 17 March, up to and including Wednesday 13 April. The results of the consultation are currently being analysed by officers. 

High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield

The two-way cycle route has been constructed and opened to the public on the 13 May 2022.  You can find out more about this scheme by reading our press release. 

Regatta Way, West Bridgford

The upgrade of the existing cycle route to a fully segregated two-way cycleway is being constructed and is due to be open to the public in summer 2022.

Further information on the Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 schemes can be found on the Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 webpage.

Behavioural Change Programme

In advance of the routes being implemented, a programme of behavioural change active travel promotional measures has been undertaken with organisations and community groups close to the improvement corridors.

Tranche 1

As part of its Covid-19 response in May 2020, the Government announced a £250m Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) to deliver quick emergency interventions to make cycling and walking safer.  The Department for Transport (DfT) allocated £263,250 towards the county council’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (Tranche 1) proposals.

Further information on the Council’s Active Travel Fund Tranche 1 can be found on the Active Travel Fund Tranche 1 webpage.

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