Emergency Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 bid
Earlier this year government announced a strategy to make space for cyclists and pedestrians and support increasing capacity on public transport as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing. A fast-tracked statutory guidance, published 10 May 2020 and effective immediately, asks councils to consider reallocating road space for significantly increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians. Funding has been made available through the Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The Emergency Active Travel Fund currently has two rounds or "tranches" of funding. Gloucestershire has provisionally been allocated £288,000 for Tranche 1, and £1,153,000 for Tranche 2. After successfully receiving more than expected in the first round Gloucestershire County Council has submitted a £10million bid with ambitious plans which will transform active and green travel in Gloucestershire.
Our Emergency Active Travel Fund bid includes several schemes around the county:
- Cheltenham to Gloucester B4063 cycle link - around six miles of cycle way which is considered to be the key to unlocking green transport for those commuting between the two urban areas. This cycle way is included in existing plans and will connect Gloucester city, Tewkesbury district and Cheltenham borough.
- The Central Severn Vale (LCWIP) – this package of changes follow on from the B4063 scheme and will put in place the walking and cycling improvements already identified in Gloucestershire. In Cheltenham the proposals will focus on Tewkesbury Road, High Street and Gloucester Road. In Gloucester the focus will be on linking the canal towpath to the city centre and London Road, with widened cycle lanes and footpaths on Southgate Street and other measures to remove barriers to cycling on Llanthony Road.
- Tewkesbury connections - extending the existing Newtown cycle link further towards Tewkesbury town centre, connecting more of Newtown, Northway and Ashchurch with Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. These permanent changes will particularly support the re-opening of schools and trips to local businesses.
- Stroud town centre - this scheme will improve walking and cycling access to Stroud town centre from the east and west. The proposals will permanently re-allocate some road space to cyclists to provide a safe and accessible route into the town. The scheme will incorporate segregated cycle lanes where possible.
- Rural routes - changes in Lydney and Moreton-in-Marsh will provide permanent off-road routes for bikes and pedestrians. This will support local walking and cycling trips as well as tourism in the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean.
The Department for Transport has now announced the result of our tranche 2 bid.
Gloucestershire County Council has secured a further £864,750 to help cyclists, pedestrians and public transport during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to the £321,773 awarded to the county earlier this year from the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF).