Active Travel Fund

As part of its Covid-19 response, the Government announced in May 2020 a £250m Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) to deliver quick emergency interventions to make cycling and walking safer.

The aim of government’s EATF is to try and embed walking and cycling as part of long-term commuting habits to secure the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits. In the short-term this will also help avoid overcrowding on public transport as the economy restarts.

These measures will complement the walking and cycling improvements that the County Council deliver as part of its annual integrated transport and capital maintenance programmes. These include programmes to help people access local jobs, training, shops and services, such as through the provision of new crossings, cycleway and footway improvements, and dropped kerbs.  

There are over 529 miles (900km) of cycleways in the county and the Council looks to secure funding to enhance and upgrade cycle routes, whenever funding for such schemes becomes available. These improvements have recently included upgrading cycle routes in the Mansfield, Mapperley, Newark and West Bridgford areas. 

Tranche 1

Tranche 1 of the Emergency Travel Action Fund (EATF) funding is available for temporary active travel measures and the Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £263,250 towards the County Council’s proposals.

The County Council’s COVID 19 Resilience, Recovery and Renewal Committee determined the schemes to be delivered using the Tranche 1 funding at its meeting on 16 July 2020.

Tranche 2

The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated £2.18m towards the County Council’s Active Travel Fund (ATF) Tranche 2 proposals. The County Council’s ambitious Tranche 2 bid proposals, however, totalled over £3m, which exceeds the Council’s funding allocation.

As the costs of the proposals exceed the funding available, it won’t be possible to deliver all the schemes included within the original bid (or currently to replace any of the bid proposals with alternative schemes).

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. The second stage of this process was to consult on the proposals. The Council has published a consultation plan for the Tranche 2 programme.

At the 7 January 2021 meeting of the Communities and Place Committee it was determined that consultation will be undertaken on a number of schemes for possible inclusion in the final ATF Tranche 2 programme. The first round of consultation was undertaken in February 2021, please note this round has now closed and therefore you will not be able to submit a response. The schemes taken forward for the first round of consultation are listed below.

The first round of consultation was used to determine a programme to take forward to detailed design and delivery, and to inform the design of each of the schemes to be included in the final ATF Tranche 2 delivery programme. The next stage of public and stakeholder consultation will be undertaken on the detailed design of the schemes, and to inform if they are to be chosen to be included in the programme.  

What's next?

Thank you for submitting comments on the ATF Tranche 2 schemes via the consultation. We are currently reviewing all comments received. Once reviewed, all comments will be published on the individual ATF Tranche 2 scheme consultation webpages.

Following completion of the consultation, County Councillors have determined how to proceed on each of the proposed schemes, as follows;

A6191 Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield: We are currently reviewing all comments. Further design work will be undertaken to determine if any local concerns can be accommodated in a revised scheme design. Should a suitable scheme be identified, a further round of consultation will be undertaken before determining if the scheme should be constructed. 

Beeston cycling improvements: A wide range of comments have been received on the proposed scheme on Dovecote Lane in Beeston, as part of the Beeston cycling improvements scheme. Further design work will be undertaken to determine if any local concerns can be accommodated for in a revised scheme design. Should a suitable scheme be identified, a further round of consultation will be undertaken before determining if the scheme should be constructed. 

High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield: We are currently reviewing the response to the public consultation.

Randall Way, Retford: As the scheme has received public support it has now progressed to detailed design stage. We are, however, reviewing the comments made to see how these can inform the detailed design. Once detailed design is complete, a further round of consultation will be undertaken before determining if the scheme should be constructed. 

Regatta Way, West Bridgford: As the scheme has received public support it has now progressed to detailed design stage. We are, however, reviewing the comments made to see how these can inform the detailed design. Once detailed design is complete, a further round of consultation will be undertaken before determining if the scheme should be constructed. 

It should also be noted that each scheme included in the ATF Tranche 2 programme is still subject to detailed investigation, a design and safety audit, as well as consultation and equality impact assessments. A summary of the proposed consultation on the programme has been developed and will be updated as the programme progresses.

Please continue to check our website for updates on our proposed ATF Tranche 2 programme.

 

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