During the Coronavirus pandemic there has been a large increase in the level of walking and cycling across the UK. The Active Travel Fund has been made available to help create measures that will enable people to cycle or walk more safely around neighbourhoods and town centres. These schemes include local measures that prioritise active travel, making it easier for people to access local services and enjoy the spaces around them.
During the pandemic Dudley Council has implemented a package of temporary measures in each town centre to support active travel and economic recovery, with additional measures to make sure shoppers and traders can still follow government advice on social distancing. Measures include introducing one-way systems in some pedestrianised areas and removing parking bays and widening footways to create more space for safe pedestrian movement, all supported by a comprehensive package of signing and information.
Walking and cycling schemes
Dudley Council is excited to announce two new cycling and walking schemes to be delivered within the region, following the receipt of funding from the Department for Transport, via the Active Travel Fund.
The Active Travel Fund is specifically to support local transport authorities with producing cycling and walking facilities.
Two new schemes are planned to be delivered to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists across the borough. The schemes are planned to be implemented along a section of the Birmingham New Road (A4123), and along a section of the A456 at Halesowen.
It is hoped that both schemes will encourage residents to embed cycling and walking into their travel arrangements, which will in turn have positive impacts on air quality and the environment, as well as the health and wellbeing of residents.
Have your say
For more information about the schemes with consultation questions please visit the Commonplace website.
Town centre measures
To support the reopening of our town centres in June, the council implemented social distancing measures to help keep everyone safe. Please see maps below of the changes for each town centre.