Additional funding for cycling and walking improvements

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Additional funding for cycling and walking improvements has been awarded to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. 

The money, £335,000, is from the second round of funding from the Government’s Active Travel Fund with the first round announced in June.  

The first round was primarily aimed at installing temporary interventions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the second round aims to support the creation of longer-term projects, to be delivered in the first half of 2021.

There are several projects being considered for the funding, and we will consult with residents and local businesses to select the ones that are taken forward:

  • low traffic neighbourhoods in Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor
  • school streets near local schools in Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor
  • a segregated cycleway along Dedworth Road in West Windsor
  • a cycle route linking the north-east and south of Maidenhead avoiding the busy A4

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “This new funding from central Government is very welcome, and we’re keen to give residents a voice in how it’s spent through the consultation. 

“We received £140,000 in the first round, which we successfully used to set up temporary interventions to create a safer environment for walking and cycling in congested areas, and where social distancing required changes to local infrastructure. 

“These changes were also aimed at helping the high street recover, by encouraging more residents safely back to our towns by changing the layout of our town centres to adapt to social distancing.

“We’ll be using this new money to make longer-term interventions that will further our efforts to create a safe environment for walking and cycling in the borough.

“The proposed measures support our Cycling Action Plan and climate change strategies and will deliver environmental, air quality and public health benefits.” 

The funding is part of £225 million allocated by the Department for Transport to local authorities to support active travel schemes in England. It’s in addition to the £150,000 already committed by the council in recent years to improve walking and cycling in the borough.

It also supports the substantial Missing Links project, a £2.8million investment jointly funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, to improve cycling infrastructure in North and Central Maidenhead. The funding complements the almost £70million the council is proposing to invest in the borough as part of the 2021/22 budget.