Walking & Cycling
Walking & Cycling
New, dedicated routes will make active travel an easier choice for residents and visitors thanks to the Town Deal’s Walking and Cycling infrastructure project.
The Towns Deal investment will improvement the connection between neighbourhoods and making journeys by bike or on foot easier, safer and more enjoyable.
This will improve overall levels of health and wellbeing while also reducing emissions from vehicles – contributing to fresher air and a cleaner environment.
Following an extensive consultation period in May 2023, Westmorland and Furness Council has now confirmed a scheme design in line with respondents’ feedback and the latest government guidance with preliminary works set to begin in late February 2024.
Improvements to Abbey Road and North Walney active travel schemes form a part of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which sets out an ambitious proposal to create a network of safe, attractive, and well-connected routes across Barrow-in-Furness.
Delivery of both schemes is funded by central government’s Active Travel Fund 3 and Brilliant Barrow which have ring-fenced monies to improve infrastructure that will encourage active journeys in the area.
The project will help to increase the number of people commuting by bicycle from between four and eight per cent currently to ten to fourteen per cent, with the potential for this to grow to between 25 and 29 per cent in the future.
Making travel easier and cheaper between home and places of learning will also increase levels of education in the longer term – raising aspirations and quality of life and ensuring Barrow is seen as a great place to live, work and visit for people of all ages for generations.
New routes funded by the Town Deal will form part of the wider Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Barrow, under development by Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.