27
Apr

West Sussex Council - Success with Active Travel Fund Phase 2

 Improving active travel in West Sussex

We have secured £2.35 million in funding from phase 2 of the Department for Transport's Active Travel Fund (ATF). We will use this to deliver on our priority to improve active travel choices with permanent walking and cycling improvements across the county.

The schemes we're developing are not just about improving safety - they will also be designed to make our local areas better, healthier and greener places for people to be. An essential part of the process is to properly consult with residents, businesses and other interested parties about the plans. These are due to be delivered in the 2021-2022 financial year.

 

Active Travel Fund Phase 2 

  • Awarded £2.35m vs initial allocation of £3.1m
  • Big ticket item (£1m) = 2km extension of existing cycle route from Worthing to Findon Valley north to Findon Village. A public consultation exercise will commence after the local elections using Engagement HQ. Subject to future funding there is also scope for a further extension to Washington, which would connect the coast with the South Downs National Park
  • 6 small scale capital projects ('Active Travel and School Gate)
  • Designing a permanent scheme to replace the EATF pop-up scheme in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham and also look at improvements in feeder roads. We recently conducted an initial public engagement exercise (closed on 26th March ahead of the pre-election period) and the responses are currently being analysed
  • Further details on www.westsussex.gov.uk/activetravel

 Active Travel Fund Phase 3 

  • Detailed design and construction of a scheme for Shoreham is likely to form our ATF3 bid this summer

 West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy and LCWIP Work 

  • The West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy was published in October 2016
  • Following the awarding of DfT LCWIP consultancy support in 2018 WSCC has been working in partnership with the district and borough councils and South Downs National Park Authority
  • WSCC LCWIP = 6 long distance routes, SDPNP LCWIP = 2 routes within and connecting to the Park, district and borough LCWIPs = urban networks in main towns
  • Most districts and boughs have now either adopted LCWIPs or will be doing so in the coming weeks. WSCC LCWIP was due to be adopted in March 2020 but this was delayed due to Covid-19.
  • Overall we expect the work to generate 11 LCWIPs and a list of between 50 and 100 pipeline schemes
  • Our consultants, WSP, have developed a Multi Criteria Assessment Tool that will enable the pipeline schemes to be prioritised. This work will inform future ATF funding bids.
  • In light of all of the above, and following the publication of Gear Change and LTN 1/20, the West Sussex LCWIP and the West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy are being reviewed. Both documents will be the subject of a public consultation exercise over the summer.
  • The revised Walking and Cycling Strategy, which may evolve in to an Active Travel Strategy, will be adopted along with LCWIP in the autumn

 Capability Fund  

  • We have submitted our bid for £274,906 to the DfT
  • £158k for LCWIP development/design, engagement and monitoring (3 schemes)
  • £86k to continue Walk To (or similar school travel initiative). N.B. WSCC has been part of the Access Fund consortium since 2012.
  • £30k for active travel marketing campaigns targeting areas where we are undertaking ATF 2 capital schemes
  • We have informed DfT of the additional LCWIP work that is going on the county and this may lead to an increased award