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Active Travel England and Local Cycle and Walking Infrastructure Plans

April 5, 2022 5:34 PM

Silly Cycle Track ChippenhamActive Travel England is a government quango currently being set up. It'll be led by former competitive cyclist Chris Boardman, and will have £2bn to dish out. The money will go to councils who can demonstrate that they know how to use it.

Unsurprisingly, Wiltshire is behind the game. A LCWIP is being drawn up for the county, plus a separate one for Salisbury, and these may be available later this year. Meanwhile our neighbours in the West of England Combined Authority have already produced and consulted on theirs. (See here)

Councils will also be judged on their record of providing good infrastructure when it comes to future funding. There will be league tables, with councils being graded on performance. This bodes ill for WC which tends to go for big vanity projects rather than anything useful.

The picture shows an example of WC stupidity - an expensive, unnecessary and very short cycle track that you have to ride up a kerb and dodge bollards and barriers to get onto.