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Wiltshire Council bids for Government funding for new walking and cycling routes

Wiltshire Council has submitted a bid to Active Travel England (ATE) for funds to support walking and wheeling routes in the county.

Published 17 March 2023
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Wiltshire Council has submitted a bid to Active Travel England (ATE) for funds to support walking and wheeling routes in the county. ATE looks to fund active travel infrastructure that promotes walking, wheeling and cycling as an alternative to taking the car.

The bid is part of ATE's Active Travel Fund Tranche 4 (ATF4), the focus of which is on walking and wheeling, rather than cycling, which was the main focus in previous tranches.

ATE had indicated a funding allocation of £878,366 for Wiltshire, and the bid's proposed schemes had to meet a minimum assessment threshold to ensure they promote and encourage walking and wheeling. In addition, ATE encouraged bids for the construction of schemes during 2023/24, although the design and development of new facilities will be considered.

Local authorities with high quality schemes that are ready for construction were also encouraged to bid for more than their allocation, with the potential to secure funding for schemes above the indicative funding allocation. Wiltshire Council has done this, recognising that it will be in competition with all other local authorities and these schemes will be subjected to a more stringent assessment.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: We have committed to increasing walking and cycling in our Business Plan, and that's why we're applying for this funding.

The three priority schemes in our bid have been identified in our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs); they represent high value for money and are deliverable in the forthcoming financial year.

Ideally, we also want to fund other routes, so additional schemes have been included for consideration in the competitive process.

All the proposed schemes meet the strict criteria required to receive funding, so we are hopeful of hearing some positive news on these plans.

When people choose to walk, wheel or cycle rather than take the car, they can save money, improve their health and wellbeing, and also help to reduce carbon emissions, and that's why we're committed to active travel in Wiltshire.

The three priority schemes included to meet the indicative funding allocation are:

  • Pedestrian footbridge, Salisbury River Park, £458,000
  • Devizes Road, Hilperton to the A361/Elizabeth Way Roundabout, £320,000
  • Pedestrian crossing, Churchfields Road, Salisbury, £100,000

The additional schemes, in priority order, are:

Active travel schemeLocationFunding requestScheme TypeScheme Description
The Halve/Roundstone Street, TrowbridgeTrowbridge£250,000Detailed design and constructionPedestrian crossing on the Halve, short section of shared-use path to access a new pedestrian crossing on Roundstone Street, with footway improvements along Roundstone Street.
Melksham to Oakfields cycle pathMelksham£360,000Design and constructionShared-use path to connect the Melksham East development to Melksham Oak School and the provision of a Toucan crossing.
Countess RoadAmesbury£200,000Detailed design and constructionDetailed design of a shared-use path on Countess Road, Amesbury and construction of a Toucan crossing. This is part of a larger scheme to connect Amesbury to Larkhill.
Royal Wootton Bassett to Swindon cyclewayRoyal Wootton Bassett£200,000Land purchase and detailed designShared-use path from Royal Wootton Bassett to Swindon.
Monkton Park cycle pathChippenham£40,000Detailed designDetailed design of shared-use paths in Monkton Park to link to Sadler's Mead.
Salisbury River Park future phases - Town Path and Ashley Road to Central Car Park linkSalisbury£130,000Detailed design and land acquisitionDetailed design of proposed improvements to the Town Path (NCN 24), and design work and land acquisition on a walking/cycling scheme to link Ashley Road to Central Car Park (NCN 45).
Longhedge to SalisburySalisbury£200,000Detailed design/resurfacingDesign of a walking/cycling route from Longhedge to Salisbury including Pearce Way, Roman Road, Green Lane and Portway, with proposed surfacing improvements of Roman Road.
Wilton to SalisburyWilton / Quidhampton / Salisbury£120,000Detailed designThis route includes walking and cycling links between Fugglestone to Wilton Hill, Lower Road to the A3094/A36 junction and Minster Street.
Railway Path Cycle LinkMarlborough£70,000DesignDesign of a shared-use path connecting Salisbury Road to the NCN403, disused railway line, that currently runs from Swindon to the east side of Marlborough.


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