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Have your say on the emerging route proposals for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Redditch

Have your say on the emerging route proposals for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Redditch

Residents, businesses, commuters, and visitors are invited to share their views on the emerging walking and cycling route proposals for the Redditch Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

51¥ has been working in partnership with active travel charity Sustrans in developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Redditch, one of eight LCWIPs planned across 51¥.

We would like to hear your views on the emerging Redditch LCWIP, including whether the most important walking and cycling routes have been identified. We acknowledge that walking and/or cycling is not an option for everyone and so we would especially like to hear the views of people who find it challenging to walk or cycle in Redditch and the surrounding area. The finalised Redditch LCWIP will set out a prioritised list of schemes for delivery over the next ten years to improve the safety, comfort, and attractiveness of walking, cycling, and wheeling.The term "wheel” includes using wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

For this initial Redditch LCWIP, the study area covers the main urban area of Redditch reflecting that these areas have the greatest potential for growing walking and cycling.

Download: Redditch LCWIP Study Area (PDF)

Why are we developing a cycling and walking plan for Redditch?

In 2017 the Government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, which encouraged local authorities to prepare their own cycling and walking plans to enable a more strategic approach to improving conditions for cycling and walking. These plans, known as Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are a new, strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements required at a local level.

LCWIPs will help 51¥ make the case for future investment in active travel through funding bids and by informing discussions with developers.The development of our LCWIPs has been supported by funding of £160K from the Capability Building Fund awarded by Active Travel England.

How can you have your say?

The purpose of this public consultation is to gather the views of as many different groups of people within Redditch and surrounding areas as possible. The information here sets out the proposed cycling and walking routes of the LCWIP and you are invited to give feedback on these proposals via the short survey.

The survey closed on Friday 24 November 2023.We will provide an update when the survey results have been reviewed.

What happens next?

The purpose of the engagement exercise is to provide an opportunity for the local community and other stakeholders to comment on the proposals for the emerging LCWIP for Redditch. Once the engagement period is over, 51¥ will review and consider all the feedback received.

A summary of the comments received and how these will be used to inform the development of the LCWIP will be published on this web page. Further engagement will then be undertaken on a draft Redditch LCWIP document in due course.

Background

The expansion of Redditch, owing to its New Town designation in 1964, has meant that for much of the newer housing and employment areas there is already examples of good walking and cycling infrastructure. For example, National Cycle Network 5 (Stratford Upon Avon to Bromsgrove) runs through Redditch via Arrow Valley Country Park and Bromsgrove Road. Arrow Valley Park is a key local amenity and there have been recent upgrades to some of the shared use paths funded by the Emergency Active Travel Fund.

Data modelling using the Propensity to Cycle Toolshows that investment in infrastructure to help people to walk, wheel, and cycle, would mean up to 20% of commuters choose cycling as their main option, with between 30% to 50% of children choosing to cycle to school. It is expected that walking and wheeling levels would also rise significantly for commuters and school children. Redditch Borough has high levels of open space in comparison to surrounding Districts; this is one of the features that makes Redditch distinctive and should provide more opportunities to increase the level of walking and cycling.This engagement on the emerging cycling and walking route proposals will help inform the finalised plan and improve the infrastructure and opportunities for active travel in Redditch.

Network plan for cycling

The process of identifying key cycling routes for the LCWIP began with mapping desire lines and key origins and destinations e.g., links between residential areas and the Town centre. From this process, nine key routes or corridors have been identified that have good potential for cycling. These routes focus on trips under five kilometres for various purposes including work, education and shopping.

Government guidance on creating LCWIPs recommends data modelling using the Propensity to Cycle Tool to help inform where most people would want to cycle, and how many people would use the route. Initial on-site cycle route assessment has also been undertaken along with assessment using desktop tools. The map below shows the network of proposed cycle routes, consisting of nine primary priority routes.

ٴǷɲԱDz:Redditch LCWIP Proposed Cycle Route Network (PDF)

Route

Route Name

Origin Area

From

To

Via

Type of route or Route Description

1

Bromsgrove Road Cycleway

Webheath

Bromsgrove Road/Birchfield Road

Town centre

Bromsgrove Road/Unicorn Hill

On-carriageway cycle route

2

Webheath Cycleway

Webheath

Birchfield Road/Foxlydiate Lane

Headless Cross

Birchfield Road

On-carriageway cycle route

3

Crabbs Cross Cycleway

Crabbs Cross

Crabbs Cross (A441/The Slough A448)

Town centre

Evesham Road/Mount Pleasant

On-carriageway cycle route

4

Greenlands Way

Morton Stanley Park

Green Lane

Greenlands

Oakenshaw

Quiet route on mix of cycleway & shared paths

5

Greenlands to Arrow Vale Greenway

Greenlands

Studley Road

Arrow Vale High School

Ipsley

Quiet route on mix of cycleway & shared paths

6

Church Hill and Matchborough Cycleway

Washford

Icknield Street Drive/Matchborough Way

Town centre

Busways (Matchborough Way, Winyates Way, Church Hill Way & Parkway)

Quiet route on mix of bus only lanes & shared paths

7

Arrow Valley Greenway

Abbeydale

Parkway/Dolphin Road

Washford

Arrow Valley Country Park

Quiet route on mix of cycleway & shared paths

8

Lakeside to Winyates Greenway

Lakeside

Holloway Lane/Arthur Street

Winyates Green

Arrow Valley Country Park

Quiet route on mix of cycleway & shared paths

9

Woodrow Cycleway

Woodrow

Tudor Grange Academy (formerly Kingsley Coll.)

Town centre (Other Road)

Studley Road

Mix of on-carriageway cycle route and shared paths

Network plan for walking

For this initial phase of the Redditch LCWIP, the focus for walking routes is the Town centre as the key trip generator and is defined as the Core Walking Zone (CWZ). The image below has been extracted from LCWIP guidance to show how the CWZ should relate to walking routes.

From the Redditch CWZ, seven key routes or corridors using existing links including underpasses have been identified. Initial on-site walking route assessment has been undertaken along with assessment using desktop tools. The map below shows the network of proposed Town centre walking routes.

ٴǷɲԱDz:Redditch LCWIP Proposed Walking Route Network (PDF)

The routes are summarised in the table below.

Route

Route Name

From

To

Via

1

Hemmings Entry

Clive Road

Town centre (Church Green West)

Hemmings Entry

2

Church Green West

Albert Street/Prospect Hill

Town centre (Church Green West)

Prospect Hill

3

Easemore Road

Dale Road

Town centre (Church Green West)

Easemore Road

4

Grove Street

Other Road subway

Alcester Street (Palace Theatre)

Grove Street

5

Ipsley Street

Oswald Street

Town centre (Market Place)

Poole Place subway and Alcester Street

6

Station Way

Evesham Street

Town centre (Market Place)

Evesham Street subway and Kingfisher Centre

7

Unicorn Hill

Bromsgrove Road/Lowans Hill View (The Queens Head PH)

Town centre (Church Green West)

Bromsgrove Road and Unicorn Hill

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