On 9 May 2020, the Government announced £2 billion funding for walking and cycling, with the first £250 million to be made available immediately to local authorities as an emergency active travel fund to deliver measures to tackle COVID-19. Together with partners, Worcestershire submitted two bids to the Emergency Active Travel Fund, which has secured £784,700 for investment in active travel measures across the county, as set out in the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan.
The links below provide a summary of the initiatives that have been delivered or proposed using this funding:
Recent engagement on the proposals for Round 2 schemes
Worcestershire County Council recently sought feedback on the proposals for the four Emergency Active Travel corridors in Kidderminster, Pershore, Worcester and Redditch. The engagement period finished on Friday 16 July, 2021. Details of the proposed schemes can be seen below.
Kidderminster Active Travel Corridor
This proposed scheme involves the comprehensive widening and resurfacing of this well-used canal towpath (Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) that links Stourport with Kidderminster, as well as a number of links into nearby trip attractors including the Minster Road Employment Area, Silverwoods, Churchfields, Crossley Retail Park, Stourport and Kidderminster Town Centres (with onward connections to Kidderminster Rail Station), This proposal would also include a comprehensive waymarking investment and installation of permanent walking and cycling counters for ongoing monitoring.
Pershore Infrastructure Improvements: Wyre Road Active Travel Corridor
This planned component of a wider major scheme involves the provision of a separated, high quality active travel link along Wyre Road, which will link the large villages of Wyre Piddle and Pinvin to Pershore Secondary School, Pershore Station and the Keytec Business Park, with existing good quality onward connections to Pershore Town Centre and proposed onward connections to Evesham and westwards towards Worcestershire Parkway and Worcester. This scheme will also include a comprehensive waymarking investment and installation of permanent walking and cycling counters for ongoing monitoring.
Redditch: Arrow Valley Active Travel Network
This proposed scheme involves a package of targeted widening and re-surfacing improvements to upgrade and enhance the capacity and utility of this valued network of routes which pass through Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch, including a section of National Cycle Network 5. This network provides direct access between residential areas, industrial estates, the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch Town Centre and the Railway Station, so has significant potential to attract greater levels of use by new and existing users. This proposal would also include a comprehensive waymarking investment and installation of permanent walking and cycling counters for ongoing monitoring.
Worcester: Diglis to Sixways Active Travel Corridor
This proposed scheme involves the extensive widening and resurfacing of this very popular active travel corridor and connecting links, which links the City Centre directly with the extensive business parks and commercial sites on the northern fringes of the city, Shrub Hill Rail Station, Worcester Leisure Centre and a number of residential areas. Despite increasing levels of usage, the route is too narrow and poorly surfaced in places, and so requires corridor-length upgrade (including surfacing, widening and waymarking improvements and installation of permanent walking and cycling counters for monitoring) to enable it to play a more strategic role to support increased levels of walking and cycling across the city and beyond.
What happens next?
The comments received during the Engagement Exercise are currently being evaluated and may be used to revise the proposals where appropriate prior to the delivery of the schemes. A summary report of the exercise will be published on the website in due course.
Worcestershire County Council would like to thank any participants for taking part in the survey and providing comments.
It is currently proposed to deliver the schemes Autumn to Winter 2021.