Issue details

Active Travel Fund - phase 2

Updated on 23 December 2020 -

 

The Department for Transport's Active Travel Fund supports plans to reallocate road space to cyclists and pedestrians and create an environment that is safer for walking and cycling.

 

The second phase of funding will enable authorities to install more permanent measures to encourage walking and cycling and the County Council submitted a funding bid to the Department for Transport during the summer of 2020.  During November 2020, the County Council received an award of £2.35m which includes £450k of revenue funding.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure has set up a cross party Executive Task and Finish Group which is reviewing potential projects for phase 2 and will make recommendations to the Cabinet Member.

 

Proposed schemes will involve full consultation with local residents and other stakeholders and details can be found on the website.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure will be asked to approve the projects to be progressed and delegate authority to the Director of Highways, Transport and Planning to make any subsequent amendments to the projects.

 

 

Published on 22 July 2020 –

 

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. The bid was successful and the decision to approve the seven schemes can be found on the County Council’s website.

 

The second tranche of funding will enable authorities to install further, more permanent, measures to cement walking and cycling habits and, where applicable, enable the implementation of schemes identified in Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plans.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure has set up a cross party Executive Task and Finish Group which will consider the bidding process and criteria, review those schemes that are suitable for submission for tranche 2, advise officers on an appropriate level of consultation and make recommendations for a tranche 2 bid to the Cabinet Member.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure will be asked to approve the schemes to be progressed and delegate authority to the Director of Highways, Transport and Planning to make any subsequent amendments to the schemes.

 

Note: due to the DfT’s timescales for the works to be completed, 28 days’ notice for this decision may not be achieved. In this case, the decision will be made using emergency powers.

 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/07/2020

Decision due: January 2021 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure

Lead member: Councillor Roger Elkins roger.elkins@westsussex.gov.uk

Contact: Andy Ekinsmyth Email: andy.ekinsmyth@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 26687.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

 

Consultees

WSCC Members and key stakeholders including residents, District/Borough/Parish Councils, local businesses, neighbouring authorities, cycle forums, bus operators, emergency services and freight services

 

Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

West Sussex Plan Priority: A Prosperous Place

Background papers

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