Active Travel England has announced its latest round of funding in which Warwickshire has secured £4.761m towards three schemes in the county, one of which is in Nuneaton!
£1.15m will go towards providing a 2.2km (1.36mi) route along the A47 Hinckley Road between the outskirts of Nuneaton town centre to the junction with Eastboro Way and the Long Shoot. This is a particularly important scheme because it will complete the route from Nuneaton to the A5 along the A47, along with the long-promised Long Shoot scheme. It also provides the connection to other destinations in addition to the town centre, including schools, accommodation, and shopping.
Other funded schemes in the county include £961k for sections of the flagship Kenilworth to Leamington (K2L) scheme which is currently under construction, and £2.65m for the Rugby to Leamington Spa route.
These are important flagship schemes that will help build out the backbone of the county’s active travel infrastructure, enabling more people to choose walking, wheeling, and/or cycling for more local journeys.
The important thing now is to get these schemes built, where long-promised existing funded projects are yet to be delivered. According to the press release from the West Midlands Combined Authority when announcing their own award, schemes have to be ready for construction by the end of March 2024.