Buckinghamshire Council has announced that it has been awarded £397,000 in funding from the Active Travel Capability and Ambition Fund to support active travel initiatives across the county.
The fund is a nationwide initiative from Active Travel England (ATE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) established to support councils to develop active travel infrastructure, develop local expertise and support behavioural changes.
The funding will be used by the council to support:
- Development of a Buckinghamshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)
- Resources to encourage school-aged children and young people to walk, cycle and scoot to and from school
- Feasibility work for future schemes
- Promotion and monitoring of active travel in the county and activities to encourage behaviour change
- Training for officers and councillors on active travel infrastructure design.
The funding reflects Buckinghamshire Council’s position, as assessed by the government, as a potential leader in active travel, and builds on the backing from the Local Authority Capability Fund, which previously provided £111,000 funding to Buckinghamshire Council in 2021/22.
Steven Broadbent, cabinet member for transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “We are delighted to have received this significant funding from Active Travel England, which will allow us to further our commitment to improving active travel in Buckinghamshire.
“We look forward to using this funding to support a range of initiatives that will enhance our team’s technical skills, develop new schemes and promote walking, cycling and wheeling in our community.”