Issue details

Emergency Active Travel Fund (tranche 2)

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 County Council’s indicative tranche 2 funding allocation is £3.135m, which will be available towards the end of the summer 2020. An application to the DfT must be submitted by 7 August 2020.

 

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 tight 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: October 2020 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

County Council Members

District and borough councils

 

Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

West Sussex Plan Priority: A Prosperous Place

Background papers

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