Local cycling and walking infrastructure plans
In 2017 Government published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The document sets out Government’s ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys. It supports the transformation of local areas to tackle congestion, improve physical and mental health and strengthen local economies. This was followed in 2020 by the publication of Gear Change which sets outs Government's bold vision for cycling and walking.
Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) provide a new strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements at a local level. They enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks for the next ten years. They will also form a vital part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.
The three key outputs of LCWIPs are a:
- network plan for walking and cycling which identifies preferred routes and core zones for future development
- prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment
- technical report which sets out the underlying analysis carried out and provides a narrative which supports the identified improvements and network
It is not compulsory for us to have LCWIPs, but the Department for Transport has advised that Councils who have plans will be well placed to make the case for future investment. The Department for Transport has also made it plain that any scheme funding bids submitted need to meet the design standards outlined in the latest cycling guidance Local Transport Note 1/20 (LTN 1/20).
Development of the Kettering LCWIP started in August 2021. A number of workshops were held with stakeholders, and based on feedback and data analysis, detailed walking and cycling site audits were completed. We are now preparing to seek wider feedback on our draft proposals. For regular updates and opportunities to give us feedback please sign up to Commonplace.
A first draft was completed in June 2021. Stakeholder engagement and public consultation will follow.
Wellingborough to Northampton LCWIP
A first draft of the Wellingborough to Northampton LCWIP has been completed. The document is currently being reviewed against LTN 1/20 guidance with a view to undertaking stakeholder engagement and public consultation.
Rushden and Higham Ferrers LCWIP
A first draft of the Rushden to Higham Ferrers LCWIP has been completed. The document is currently being reviewed against LTN 1/20 guidance with a view to undertaking stakeholder engagement and public consultation.
Development of the Corby LCWIP commenced in June 2022. Public engagement and stakeholder workshops are planned to take place throughout the project. Site audits will be undertaken over the summer, with the project concluding by the end of 2022. Public consultation will follow in 2023.
Last updated 20 June 2022