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Cycling and walking plans in Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge

June 22, 2022 3:39 PM

Wiltshire Council is notoriously bad at providing infrastructure which would be genuinely useful for people wanting to get around on foot or on cycles, with highways engineers and politicians suffering from a car-based mindset. However the government is leaning on local authorities to be more active, and is promoting Local Cycling and Walking Plans (LCWIPs), as a way of forcing them to do so. Those who produce good plans will get money to implement them; those who don't won't.

Here's the WC release:


Wiltshire Council is asking people in Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge to have their say on draft Local Cycling and Walking Plans in each of the three towns.

These plans identify local cycling and walking networks in an area and set out a high-level proposal for how these will be improved over time to create coherent and connected networks for pedestrians and cyclists. The aim is to provide an environment that will enable and encourage more trips to be made on foot or by bike, and help to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and also cut carbon emissions.

Once an LCWIP is agreed and finalised, it is used as the basis for future cycling and walking improvements in that area, and future funding from the Department for Transport will be linked to each final plan.

The council is currently developing the LCWIPs for Chippenham, Devizes and Trowbridge, and is asking people to share their views in a consultation, which runs from Tuesday 28 June to Monday 1 August. To enable people to find out more and ask questions about these three plans, the council is also holding an online webinar on Tuesday 28 June at 6pm.

To find out more about LCWIPs, and to sign up for the webinar, go to: