Department of Transport announces 22 upgrades to the National Cycle Network worth £20 million

22 upgrades for the National Cycle Network worth £20 million, including new routes, better surfacing, and improved links to other transport modes have been announced by the Department of Transport.

The schemes announced on 5 September follow 10 other projects announced earlier this year, to upgrade the National Cycle Network, which spans more than 16,000 miles of on-road and off-road cycling and walking paths.

The funding focuses on fixing dangerous junctions, reducing traffic levels, building better surfaces, creating more accessible paths, and improving route signage.

The projects include:

o Re-routing the Fylde coastal path to become traffic-free, between Blackpool and St. Anne’s.
o Creating a new pedestrian and cycleway, the Gooseholme Bridge in Kendal.
o Improving accessibility and safety of the Liverpool Loopline.
o A community-led re-design to improve the quality of the existing Bristol and Bath railway path.
o Improving signage and building a new crossing for the Wolverhampton Wayfinding.
o Building a traffic-free and accessible HS2 corridor from Sheffield to Doncaster, and
o Constructing a new traffic-free path alongside HS2 in Buckinghamshire.

While the funding will be used to improve the quality of existing sections of the network, the projects will also improve integration with existing infrastructure. For example, cycle routes around HS2 in areas including Sheffield, Doncaster and Buckinghamshire will benefit from improved connectivity and safer off-road routes.

Anita Konrad, National Director, England at Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity and the custodian of the National Cycle Network, said:

The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, published in 2017 sets out the government’s plan for active travel.  The government’s long-term vision is for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for all shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys, by 2040.