Cumbria County Council has finalised the walking and cycling schemes which will be put forward to The Department for Transport (DfT) for consideration of funding as part of their £225m Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The county council received confirmation last week that £233,000 has been allocated as part of the first tranche. However, a regional press notice from the DfT later confirmed that combined indicative allocation for Cumbria of both tranche one and two of the Fund is £1,167,000. This means that Cumbria could receive a further £934,000 as part of the second tranche later in the summer. For both phases, receiving the grant is dependent on a convincing case being made to the DfT.
The schemes being proposed to the DfT for the tranche 1 funding are as follows:
Abbey Road – Pop up cycleway and pedestrian priority with junction rearrangement
Cornwallis Street – Pop up cycleway and pedestrian priority with junction rearrangement
Bridge Road – Pop up cycleway and pedestrian priority with junction rearrangement
Michaelson Road – Pop up cycleway and pedestrian priority with junction rearrangement
Grasmere – create one-way through village to create space for a widened pedestrian areas
Kendal – Wildman Street to have a pop-up cycleway, which will also create a space for social distancing on the narrow footway.
Penrith – remove through traffic from Middlegate, Market Square, King Street and Victoria Road from Old London Road to Kilgour Street, while allowing deliveries and service buses to be maintained.
Bus and cycle only gateway on English Street between The Crescent and Devonshire Street (outside the old Courts building) , providing a central cycle hub in the city centre which ties into existing cycle routes whilst also providing a safe and easy route through an area which can be intimidating for cyclists due to the existing road layout.
Creating a number of bike boxes on approach to traffic lights/cross roads at:
Washington Street Lights
Harrington Road/Annie Pit Road
Oxford Street Light
Central Way (Workington Underpass) – provide separate cycleway facility by way of barriers which allows easy two-way link between Northside and Workington.
Stainburn Road – Formal cycle lanes on both sides of carriageway by way of road markings.
Market Place – close off Market Place to through traffic, allowing more open space for pedestrians and cyclists with the use of planters.
Station Street – provide separate cycleway facility by way of barriers and temporary extension of footway width to help social distancing.
Creating a number of bike boxes on approach to traffic lights/cross roads at Lorton St junction and Gallowbarrow.
Creating a number of bike boxes on approach to traffic lights/cross roads at Netherhall Corner.
Creating a number of bike boxes on approach to traffic lights/cross roads at Main Street and Penrith Road.
Thirlmere Dam Road, Thirlmere, Keswick – create Shared Pedestrian and Cycle Footpath (restrict vehicles).
Western Road at Derwentwater – create quiet road with priority give way at either end.
Make Swingpump Lane one way from Rosemary Lane to East Strand and use the other lane to install a cycle way to allow safer journeys and alternatives to public transport.
Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Cllr Keith Little said: “The main purpose of the first tranche of funding is to promote cycling and walking as a replacement for journeys previously made by public transport. We have worked with representatives in each of our six districts to prioritise the schemes which will achieve the greatest impact at this current time.”
Any temporary or permanent changes require Traffic Regulation Orders and the appropriate use of recognised safe traffic management systems to ensure the safety of all road users.