Two new cycling and walking schemes are set to be delivered through the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund.
During the Coronavirus pandemic there has been a large increase in the level of walking and cycling across the UK. The Active Travel Fund has been made available to help create measures that will enable people to cycle or walk more safely around neighbourhoods and town centres.
Dudley’s proposed schemes will improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists across the borough helping them to travel in a safer, greener, easier way. These include a top-quality cycle path from Burnt Tree to Tipton Road, centred around the future Metro stop on the corridor and widened footways and improved pedestrian crossings along the A456 in Halesowen, which will allow for shared use between cyclists and pedestrians, on both sides of the road.
It is hoped that both schemes will encourage residents to make cycling and walking at least one part of their everyday travel arrangements, which will in turn have positive impacts on air quality and the environment, as well as the health and wellbeing of residents.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services said:
`These proposals will allow us to further encourage people to undertake more of their journeys on foot or by bike, with immediate health benefits to them as individuals, but also hopefully helping to take more vehicles off our roads, improving air quality and traffic flow.
`I hope people take the time to take part in the consultation which launched on 22 February and runs for four weeks.`
For more information about the schemes with consultation questions visit the Commonplace website at https://dudleywalking-and-cycling.commonplace.is/
For information about Active Travel in Dudley visit https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/parking-and-roads/emergency-active-travel-fund/
This programme was made possible by the Active Travel Fund, following the Department for Transport grant to Transport for West Midlands, part of West Midlands Combined Authority.