Active Travel Fund - 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).
The first round of consultation on potential infrastructure schemes was undertaken during February/March 2021. Following consideration of the outcome of the first round of consultation, at its 15 June 2021 meeting Transport and Environment Committee determined the next steps for each of the schemes still under consideration in order to inform which of them should progress to construction.
Beeston cycling improvements
A point closure to through traffic on Dovecote Lane to provide a quiet route for cyclists, and additional secure cycling hubs at the nearby rail station was proposed. Following consultation, a study was undertaken to consider a range of alternative proposals, including those suggested by residents, to determine if there was a way to improve the cycling environment while also addressing the concerns that were raised during the consultation. The study confirmed that the only viable option which met the funding requirements of the ATF is install a point closure on Dovecote Lane to through traffic; however, the proposal has been modified so that the closure will be located near the war memorial.
The scheme proposes that motor vehicles are prohibited from accessing Dovecote Lane from Middle Street and vice versa as a trial. This will involve the introduction of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. The introduction of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) does not mean that the prohibition would be permanent. An ETRO allows the impact of the prohibition to be assessed and people can comment on the scheme before a decision is made on whether or not it should become permanent.
However, following its approval a number of concerns about the proposals have been raised by the local community. In response to these concerns the Council has negotiated an extension to the delivery timescales with the Department for Transport, meaning any proposed scheme can now be delivered next financial year. The extension will enable additional consultation to be undertaken to further consider concerns from the local community prior to the introduction of a scheme. At its meeting on the 9 February 2022, the Transport and Environment Committee approved the additional round of consultation.
The consultation will start on Thursday 17 March 2022 and run for four weeks up to and including Wednesday 13 April 2022. Please click on the link below to visit the consultation webpage.
High Pavement, Sutton in Ashfield
The proposed scheme in Sutton in Ashfield will create a two-way cycle route on the south-eastern side of High Pavement, between Station Road and Silk Street, and on the northern side between Langton Road and Mill Street. The proposed route will comprise both shared use footway/cycleway and dedicated on-road sections.
A second round of consultation was carried out in July/August 2021 and on 13 October 2021 the Transport and Environment Committee approved construction of the scheme.
Work is scheduled to start in January 2022.
Randall Way, Retford
The proposed scheme in Retford will create a two-way cycle route on the south-eastern side of Randall Way. The new route will continue onto the north-eastern side of the A638 North Road, ending at a crossing point near Silverdale Close. The scheme includes upgrading the pedestrian refuge near Silverdale Close to a toucan crossing.
A second round of consultation was carried out in July/August 2021. However, detailed design work has identified issues that impact on the proposed scheme. Officers are therefore investigating if an alternative scheme can be delivered. On 13 October 2021, the Transport and Environment Committee agreed that, if a design can be identified that is deliverable within the funding constraints, the scheme will progress to construction.
In the meantime, the section on the A638 North Road is to be constructed by developers.
Regatta Way, West Bridgford
The proposed scheme in West Bridgford will upgrade the existing shared use footway/cycleway facility, between A6011 Radcliffe Road and Adbolton Lane, to provide a fully segregated two-way cycleway.
A second round of consultation was carried out in July/August 2021 and on 13 October 2021, the Transport and Environment Committee approved construction of the scheme.
Work is scheduled to start in January 2022.
To complement the route treatments being proposed, a programme of behavioural change active travel promotional measures will target businesses that either use the improvement corridors or local centres accessed along these corridors including an offer of bikes to enhance access to work for low-paid workers. Further travel planning in similar locations with schools, health providers and community groups will be considered.