BATH AND NE SOMERSET COUNCIL LOSE A MILLION POUNDS OF POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR ACTIVE TRAVEL INFRASTRUCTURE 

My understanding is that Active Travel England gave councils an opportunity to revise and resubmit poor bids. Did BaNES get asked to redo their homework? The sad thing about all of this is that as part of the 2014 Getting Around Bath – Transport Strategy, Sustrans were commissioned to identify 20+ key cycle routes, some of which would be part of Liveable Neighbourhoods now, but many would have been fantastic schemes as they are not on the main bus corridors which are being upgraded to multi-modal corridors through WECA’s £540m Sustainable Transport Settlement. https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/january_sustrans_network_review_for_bath_and_north_east_somerset.pdf

Cllr Joanna Wright

Bath & NE Somerset (B&NES) Council has failed to receive funding for a million pound bid submitted to Active Travel England. The Council applied to the government for an active travel scheme to resurface the existing cycle and pedestrian route through Rainbow Woods at the top of Claverton Down in Bath, but this bid has been rejected by Active Travel England. The failure of this bid is a disaster for the residents of B&NES and represents a wasted opportunity.

Active Travel England, under the leadership of Chris Boardman, have made it very clear in the last year that any local authority submitting bids for funding needs to show ambitious cycle schemes that would really transform people’s lives. The bid that was put forward by B&NES was led by Cllr Kevin Guy, the leader of Council, his deputy Cllr Sarah Warren, and cabinet member for transport Cllr Manda Rigby. It appears…

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