Active travel and improvements

Active travel and improvements

Information about active travel and the wide range of improvements made across Worcestershire. 

There have been a wide range of improvements made to active travel across Worcestershire in 2023 and in 2024.

Improvements include:

  • new pavements
  • new road crossings
  • canal towpath enhancements
  • the installation of dropped kerbs
  • brand-new active travel routes

The below map shows the improvements that have been delivered over the past 12 months.

Stakeholder Group

An Active Travel Stakeholder Group has been set up to bring together representation from user groups whose focus is to enhance the counties walking, wheeling and cycling network.

The stakeholder group brings together both public and private organisations to support cycling, walking and wheeling as a natural choice for shorter journeys.

The group will have the opportunity to comment, using their expertise, on developing plans from proposal through to delivery to ensure that appropriate representation from user groups has been considered at each stage.

The group will meet quarterly, with additional meetings and sub-groups meeting more often online.

The first meeting of the group took place on 10 May 2023 and was chaired by Councillor Mike Rouse, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The meeting brought together over 30 participants from various backgrounds, representing groups and organisations from across the county.

If you represent a group or organisation in the county and would like to get involved, let us know by emailing


Active Travel Stakeholder Group Agenda 21 May 2024 (PDF)

Active Travel Stakeholder Group Agenda 25 January 2024 (PDF)

Active Travel England Funding

We were invited to bid for funding from Active Travel England for the implementation of active travel schemes.

A bid was submitted which focused on two schemes; Improving the connectivity across Westlands Roundabout in Droitwich and Diglis Bridge to Power Park in Worcester.

The scheme at Westlands Roundabout includes the installation of two Toucan Crossings over the western arms of the A38, a shared used path from Kidderminster Road to Westward Road, and an improved uncontrolled crossing facility over Meadow Road, leading to the Westlands Estate.

The scheme linking Diglis to Power Park includes the introduction of a 20mph zone and sinusoidal ramps along Waverley Street and Norton Road, an upgrade to the existing Zebra Crossing to a Toucan Crossing on St. Peter’s Drive, and shared use facilities along Old Norton Road.

Final allocation for the ATF4e bid was £748,899.

Maps detailing the works on both schemes can be found below.

Westlands Roundabout

A38 Westlands Toucan Crossing Map - 101A (PDF)

Map description: This map shows the positioning of the new Toucan Crossing on the A38 arm of the Westland Roundabout towards Worcester. The crossing will be 4 metres wide, there will be a 3.5 metre shared use cycle/footway to the north and south of the new crossing.

Other works include, narrowing parts of the roundabout to reduce vehicle speeds, new keep clear marking on the roundabout and reducing the size of the traffic splitter island on the Kidderminster Road exit to accommodate the wider cycle/footpaths on either side.

There will also be a proposed new speed limit of 30mph,  tree planting in the centre of the roundabout, wildflowers in various locations and new cycling and walking signage. New lighting columns will be installed on Kidderminster Road.

A38 Westlands Toucan Crossing Map - 102A (PDF)

Map description: This map shows the crossing on the Meadow Road approach to Westlands Roundabout being raised across a narrowed junction, to provide a priority footway crossing. There will also be a variety of new humps ahead, shared use cycle/footway and distance signs installed at various points around the new crossing.

There’s also a new Toucan Crossing being installed on A38 Roman Way, which will be 4 metres wide and linking into paths either side. The map also shows the existing carriageway being narrowed to reduce speeds, new trees planted on the approach to the new crossing, new illuminated crossing signs and various other walking and cycling signage.

Diglis to Power Park

St Peter’s Drive Toucan 101A Map (PDF)

Map description: This map shows a new Toucan Crossing on St Peter’s Drive, at the junction with Norton Road. The crossing will be 4 metres wide and link into shared use cycle/footways on either side. Works will also take place to install new and remove old signage. The map shows  a zoomed out and close up version of the works.

WAV ATC Over 003A Map (PDF)

Map description: This map shows works on Norton Road to create the 3 metre wide footpath, removing the current segregation. The map also highlights where new signage and benches will be positioned, as well as detailing works to install uncontrolled crossings on junctions with Connaught Close and Arden Road.

WAV ATC Over 001B Map (PDF)

This map shows the proposed Active Travel Corridor from Diglis Road to Barnshall Avenue with the proposed interventions.  These include the installation of Sinusoidal tables, lining and signing, dropped kerbs and a proposed 20mph zone.

WAV ATC Over 002B Map (PDF)

This map shows the proposed Active Travel Corridor from Barnshall Avenue to Power Park with the proposed interventions.  These include the installation of Sinusoidal tables, lining and signing, dropped kerbs and a proposed 20mph zone.

Bath Road Toucan Crossing 101B Map (PDF)

Map description: This map shows a new 4 metre wide Toucan Crossing installed on Bath Road, just north of the junction with Norton Road and Barneshall Avenue. The new crossing will link into shared use cycle/footways on either side.

There will be new walking and cycling signage at various locations, as well as a new uncontrolled crossing and dropped kerb on the Norton Road approach to Bath Road. There will also be a new 20mph zone and signage to advise of the new limit on Norton Road.

Self Assessment

The Council has delivered a number of schemes in the county, compliant with LTN 1/20, including:

  • fully segregated cycleways
  • secure cycle parking
  • junction enhancements for active travel
  • route improvements
  • new road crossings
  • routes in 20mph zones
  • three active travel bridges

Further proposals in development, include:

  • significant walking and cycling provision integrated into major road network 
  • Levelling Up Funding applications
  • committing internal Council funding to deliver a further two new active travel river bridges to enhance connectivity and facilitate modal shift

We have committed around £20million of project funding to active travel, and 33% of section 106 and section 278 funding from developers. 

Local Transport Plan

Our Local Transport Plan 4 (2018 to 2030) sets out 28 active travel corridors setting the strategic direction for the Local Cycling and Walking infrastructure Plans (LCWIP).

 Our first LCWIP for Evesham is being finalised, by consultants and we have commissioned a second from Sustrans for Redditch.

Self assessment

We want to improve the active travel provision across the county and we have a forward pipeline for further plans, subject to funding.

Active Travel England invited all local authorities to do a self-assessment of their own performance on active travel, selecting a level between 0 to 4. It was Active Travel England’s expectation that most local authorities would score Level 1 or Level 2

Following detailed work on the submission, we rated our performance at Level 1. However, feedback from Active Travel England has downgraded the Council to Level 0.

See our self assessment below:

Scoring criteria

Level 0

  • no local leadership or support for active travel
  • no plans in place
  • delivered lower complexity schemes only

Level 1 

  • some local leadership and support
  • basic plans and isolated interventions

Level 2

  • strong local leadership and support
  • strong plans and emerging network

Level 3

  • very strong local leadership and support
  • comprehensive plans
  • majority of the network in place with increasing modal share

Level 4

  • promoted walking and cycling by creating a culture of active travel
  • well-connected network and supportive policies, aiming to decrease reliance on car trips
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