How have we funded these changes?
Funding for the first stages of improvements during summer 2020 was sourced in part from an Emergency Active Travel Grant. This grant was provided by the Department for Transport, which contributed to the cost of our main temporary highway interventions.
Future phases of improvements
In May 2020, the government announced a further round of potential funding. The government invited local authorities to bid for this additional money to support walking and cycling through the Covid-19 pandemic. The intention of this funding is to allow councils to make, where appropriate, the temporary measures set out in Tranche 1 into more permanent changes. These permanent changes would then potentially expand the scope of measures to other areas of the borough.
We submitted our Tranche 2 bid to DfT in August 2020. Our bid set out three improvement schemes which would deliver improvements for walking and cycling:
- Scheme 1 – Central 6 Local Access Improvements
- Scheme 2 – A562 Cycle Corridor
- Scheme 3 – Town Centre Active Travel
On 13 November the government awarded £650,000 to Warrington to deliver the proposals set out in our bid from the government's Active Travel Fund.
With Tranche 1 measures delivered in July, a consultation wasn't possible due to the speed with which the pandemic affected us all and the need for emergency measures to be put in place.
However, one condition of the Tranche 2 funding, is the need to ensure public consultation takes place on the scheme before delivery of the programme.
Part of Scheme 3 (Town Centre Active Travel) would change many of the existing temporary measures in the town centre into permanent improvements.
We've now launched the consultation on this scheme. Our active travel consultation page will detail the measures we're proposing and how and when we'd like your feedback.
Consultation on schemes 1 and 2 haven't been programmed yet but will take place later in 2021 as we work on proposals in more detail.