Worcestershire County Council has now submitted its bid for the second allocation of £1.082m from the Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The proposals featured in the bid are supported by partners, including local district councils and the Canal and River Trust.
The partners will work together to deliver these proposals across the county, once the funding is allocated.
Councillor Alan Amos, the Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways said:
“We already have an excellent programme of Active Travel works underway and I am delighted that the City and District Councils fully support our bid; I am grateful for their support.
Many of our schemes involve partnership working and we will be dependent on this joint working approach so that we can make things happen for the residents of Worcestershire by expanding our Active Travel facilities with permanent rather than temporary provision.”
The proposals will hopefully add to the 34 Active Travel schemes already outlined in the Councils Transport Strategy, LTP4.
If successful, the Active Travel Fund will mean that we can deliver the following schemes:
- Wyre Forest - Widen and improve the canal towpath to at least two metres (wherever possible) from Stourport to Churchfields (Kidderminster) in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, including the Silverwoods link (Wyre Forest Leisure Centre) and other connections where we can.
- Redditch - Widen and upgrade the National Cycle Network 5 (NCN5) route through Redditch from Greenlands to Abbeydale (Arrow Valley) plus upgrade of the Millers Trail to dual use (providing a direct link to the Abbey Stadium). This route is already well used, and links a large number of trip attractors with residential areas.
Linking to the Abbey Stadium will enable further connections to be made over Weights Lane to connect into the Bromsgrove to Redditch cycle route, which again, provides a valuable spinal route for the whole urban area. This will also link to a potential e-scooter bid from Redditch Council.
- Worcester – Widen the towpath from Diglis to Sixways to at least two metres wide throughout, to connect with the Highways England improvements from Sixways to Tibberton.
- Pershore Active Travel Link – The additional funding, together with funding directly from Wychavon, will enable us to further enhance the Pershore Infrastructure Improvements and the Northern Relief Road (Pinvin) to deliver essential active travel links.
- Malvern - a Local Pinchpoint funding application has been submitted to the Department for Transport. This similarly focuses on Active Travel and comprises two schemes: Worcester to Kempsey and Worcester to Malvern, equating to £3.9m. The total investment is £5.3m.
- Bromsgrove – The town has benefitted from £3.4m investment to deliver an Active Travel network in and around the town and delivery commenced in 2019.