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Councils support HS2 ‘green route’


A new active travel route from Birmingham to Coventry along the HS2 line is a ‘no brainer’, West Midlands mayor Andy Street has said.

Ministers did not stop LTNs receiving cash


Officials have confirmed that the allocation of £200m for cycling and walking excluded low traffic neighbourhoods because no LTN bid matched funding criteria.

London’s Regent Street set to become more cyclist friendly


Regent Street is set to undergo a radical transformation as Westminster City Council seeks to make it more cyclist and pedestrian friendly.

MPs criticise ‘disappointingly slow’ progress on active travel


The Government is not on track to meet its active travel targets, with funding uncertainty hampering councils’ efforts, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said.

London faces ‘chronic’ street clutter issue


Central London has a ‘chronic’ issue with street clutter such as disused phone boxes and discarded e-bikes, a think tank has warned.

Tower Hamlets to remove LTN road closures


Tower Hamlets has decided to remove its low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) road closures despite the majority of affected residents supporting the measures.

Pedestrian crossings lights could stay green longer


Active Travel England (ATE) is considering introducing new guidance for councils that could increase the amount of time people have to cross the road.

Oxfordshire unveils £200,000 air pollution plan


Oxfordshire County Council has unveiled a £200,000 plan to cut air pollution which it says is the 'biggest environmental risk to public health'.

Haringey to treble number of School Streets


Haringey councillors have signed off on a plan that will almost treble the number of School Streets in the borough to 61.

Active travel hampered by 'low capability and ambition'


Council chiefs have defended active travel measures after auditors found more than half of councils had 'low capability and ambition' to deliver projects.

Active Travel England to consult on large planning applications


Local planning authorities will now have to consult with Active Travel England (ATE) on all large planning applications.

LTNs blocked from £200m active travel cash


Department for Transport has announced the £200m fourth round of the Active Travel Fund and revealed it had blocked low traffic neighbourhood schemes funding.

Bristol announces low traffic neighbourhood scheme


A new low traffic neighbourhood scheme in Bristol will create a safer and healthier place for people to live and spend time, according to council leaders.

Many council areas face ‘nature access gap’, study reveals


In a third of local authority areas more than 70% of households don’t have access to nature within a 15-minute walk, new research finds.

Holyrood consults on 20-minute neighbourhoods


People in Scotland are being asked for their views on how to improve the planning system.

Active Light


Newport City Council chose Thorn Lighting's Dark Sky-approved Urba bollard to support its Active Travel deployment in Tredegar Park.

Pavement parking ban parked after 'frustratingly slow' jibe


The Welsh Government has shelved a consultation on banning pavement parking after councils apparently claimed they were too busy to engage with it.

Police called after LTN planters set on fire


Rochdale Borough Council has called the police after local low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters were set on fire.

Suffolk CC to invest nearly £11m in new bridges


Suffolk County Council is investing almost £11m into delivering two new bridges and a raft of regeneration projects.

‘Highest performing’ active travel councils named


Leicester and Nottingham councils have been rated as two of the highest performing local authorities in the first ever Government review of active travel.

20mph speed limit set to be roll out in five London boroughs


Transport for London is set to introduce a new 20mph speed limit across five London boroughs after monitoring reveals reduced speeds lead to fewer collisions.

Councils invited to bid for share of £200m active travel fund


The Department for Transport has launched a £200m fund to boost walking and cycling but council chiefs have criticised the use of competitive bids as ‘costly’.

Three quarters of Hackney streets to become LTNs


Hackney is set to ban most vehicles from most of its roads in what it says is ‘the country’s most ambitious plan’ for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) so far.

Walking and cycling encouraged with cash injection


A new quango Active Travel England will hand out £32.9m for local authorities to train staff in the design ‘active travel’ schemes.

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