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01 April 2022

Consultation to improve cycling and walking within Cumbria’s visitor areas, launches on 1 April.

Cumbria County Council is asking for feedback on proposals to improve the cycling and walking offer along key corridors within Cumbria, with a consultation starting on Friday 1 April.

The Cumbria Transport Infrastructure Plan (CTIP) developed by Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) explains the role of transportation and connectivity in supporting sustainable and inclusive growth in Cumbria.

The CTIP identifies five strategic corridors for active travel and the county council would like to hear from residents, businesses and visitors about potential improvements within two of the corridors: Hadrian's Wall and West Coast, and the Heart of the Lakes.

As part of proposals for the Hadrian's Wall and West Coast corridor, the Hadrian's Wall Cycling and Walking Corridor (HWCWC) project aims to develop a multi-user route that will support active travel by linking communities and visitor attractions. This will deliver benefits to both local residents and visitors by enabling green and active travel choices. The route, which will be off-road (where possible) and would run from Gilsland, east of Carlisle, to Ravenglass, and then on to Millom, in the south of the county.

As part of proposals for the Heart of the Lakes corridor, the See More Lake District Cycling (SMLDC) project aims to enhance the cycling provision to improve the visitor experience, attract more participants, and disperse visitors away from the usual honeypot locations, helping to diversify and revitalise the local economy. The project also benefits local residents who are searching for active travel and leisure opportunities within Cumbria.

Both projects are part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal which could potentially see significant investment from UK Government funding, subject to business case approval.

It will not be possible to deliver all the proposals identified in the consultation with the Borderlands funding, therefore feedback to help prioritise the routes is welcomed.  The Borderlands investment will provide funding to start to deliver against the active travel strategy for each of the corridors.

This consultation will run from Friday 1 to Friday 22 April. For further information and to provide feedback via the online questionnaire please visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/cyclingandwalking

Angela Jones, Executive Director for Economy and Infrastructure, said:

“We are extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful region that has so much to offer, for residents and visitors alike.  

“Cycling and walking are a great way to see the county and have so many benefits for our health and well-being, as well as improving the air quality, and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

“Making it easier for people to cycle and walk in these key Cumbrian corridors will improve the experience for locals as well as tourists. It is important that routes are improved so that we can welcome more visitors to the area.

“Following the pandemic, we want to support the local economy and our communities” 




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Cumbria County Council is asking for feedback on proposals to improve the cycling and walking offer along key corridors within Cumbria, with a consultation starting on Friday 1 April.