New active travel schemes

What is active travel?

Active travel means making journeys by physically active means, such as walking or cycling. Creating safer and more convenient routes for walking and cycling, particularly for shorter journeys, encourages active travel and helps people to live healthier lives, reduces the number of vehicles on our roads, lowers carbon emissions and improves air quality. On this page, you can find out more about various new active travel schemes around the county.

Royal Wootton Bassett to Swindon cycleway

We are working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, Sustrans and National Highways to advance plans to install a new cycleway between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon. The cycleway would provide a segregated route for cyclists travelling over the M4.

The preferred route is now being developed through detailed design stage, with a view to complete the design works in early 2023. Once this is complete, we will share the designs with the community for feedback, while also seeking to secure a final agreement with any affected landowners. More details will be published on this page once the designs are finalised.

Following that, we will need to submit a planning application to secure the use of the new route, and this would be subject to the full statutory planning process. 

    Countess Road, Amesbury

    The consultation on a proposed cycling and walking facility on Countess Road, Amesbury, that would link the town centre to Woodhenge and on to Larkhill and Durrington, has now closed and we are now analysing the feedback. Subject to the results of this consultation, we aim to start detailed design work on this scheme in the winter, with construction likely to take place in 2024.

    The proposed scheme route begins in the centre of the town, where it will link to the new cycling and walking scheme on the A345, The Centre. From there, the shared use path will go along Countess Road, over the A303 Countess roundabout with safe crossing facilities, then north to Fargo Road and Woodhenge, from where cyclists and walkers can head to Larkhill and Durrington via the Packway.

    The scheme would eventually form part of the cycling and walking routes from Amesbury past Stonehenge. This would encourage tourists to head to Amesbury town centre while visiting the ancient monument, and would boost the local economy.

    Recently completed active travel schemes

    • Hilperton Road, Trowbridge
    • The Centre, Amesbury
    • Easton Lane cycle link between Chippenham and Corsham
    • B3108 Winsley Road
    • Hilperton-Melksham via Semington