Issue details

Active Travel Road Space Reallocation Programme

On 9 May 2020, the Transport Secretary announced a £2 billion package to put cycling and walking at the heart of the Government’s transport policy


The first stage, worth £250 million, is for emergency interventions to make cycling and walking safer.  The County Council received an allocation of £784k and submitted a bid, on 5 June 2020, to the Department for Transport (DfT) for seven initiatives in areas which, until the COVID-19 crisis, were heavily reliant on public transport.


There is no guarantee the DfT will accept the proposed schemes which include a combination of temporary traffic management, such as cones and signing, light segregation using ‘traffic wands’, planters, water-filled barriers, road markings and temporary 20mph speed limits.


The County Council has been working closely with district and borough partners to look at a range of ways to improve cycling provision as a direct response to the easing of lockdown.


The works will be delivered via the County Council’s Framework Lot 1 Contractor, Balfour Beatty, and must commence no later than four weeks after the announcement of the funding award. The works must be completed within a further eight weeks. If not, under the DfT criteria, some of the funding may have to be returned.



Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/06/2020

Decision due: July 2020 by Director of Law and Assurance

Lead member: Councillor Roger Elkins

Contact: Andy Ekinsmyth Email: Tel: 033 022 26687.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Director of Highways, Transport and Planning, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.



County Council Members

District and borough councils


Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Background3: A Prosperous Place


Background papers

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