Funding for active travel schemes

B&NES Lib Dems are committed to delivering more sustainable transport in Bath and North East Somerset, reducing emissions from transport and making it easier to move around without a car. The twin goals of this work are to tackle climate change and improve health and wellbeing.

Over the last two years, government has made funding available for active travel improvements, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) money has been released in ‘tranches’, or phases, through a competitive application process.

During the height of the pandemic, the Council made more space for walking, wheeling and cycling to help with social distancing and active travel using EATF ‘tranche 1’ funding. ‘Tranche 2’ schemes are due to be implemented soon and will help improve walking and cycling routes along the A4 Upper Bristol Road and A36 Beckford Road. ‘Tranche 3’ schemes across the West of England have been announced via WECA this week.

We are disappointed not to get any funding in this round. It remains vital to secure cycling and walking infrastructure for our residents. Our active travel Tranche 2 projects will commence shortly, and our aspiration remains strong. Being unsuccessful in this round is disappointing but doesn't dent our ambition. We are already preparing for the next funding round.

The Lib Dems have a vision of enabling active travel routes to benefit all residents across the district, by providing the necessary infrastructure at a time when the technology to make light work of local hills is reaching maturity and becoming steadily more affordable. We still intend to deliver the Scholar’s Way route improvements and the EATF schemes are just one part of a wider picture of active travel improvements. B&NES was recently awarded £130m for Sustainable Transport through the City Region Sustainable Transport fund, which includes several more millions for active travel schemes.

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