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Local cycling and walking infrastructure plans

In 2017 Government published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The document sets out Government’s ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys. It supports the transformation of local areas to tackle congestion, improve physical and mental health and strengthen local economies. This was followed in 2020 by the publication of Gear Change which sets outs Government's bold vision for cycling and walking.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) provide a new strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements at a local level. They enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks for the next ten years. They will also form a vital part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.

The three key outputs of LCWIPs are a:

  • network plan for walking and cycling which identifies preferred routes and core zones for future development
  • prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment
  • technical report which sets out the underlying analysis carried out and provides a narrative which supports the identified improvements and network

It is not compulsory for us to have LCWIPs, but the Department for Transport has advised that Councils who have plans will be well placed to make the case for future investment. The Department for Transport has also made it plain that any scheme funding bids submitted need to meet the design standards outlined in the latest cycling guidance Local Transport Note 1/20 (LTN 1/20).

LCWIPs in development

We have already started to develop LCWIPs in West Northamptonshire. We are following the six stage process set out by the Department for Transport in the LCWIP technical guidance.

All comments received as part of the Safer Streets Commonplace consultation are being used to inform the development of the LCWIPs.

Brackley LCWIP

As part of High Speed Two Limited’s commitment to ensure there are high quality cycling links across High Speed Two, the Department for Transport commissioned a light-touch LCWIP for Brackley to identify suitable cycling routes. The Draft Interim Brackley LCWIP has been published at this early stage at the request of the Department for Transport.

Stakeholder engagement, site audits and public consultation are still to be completed. It is expected that public consultation will be carried out in spring 2022.

Northampton LCWIP

A first draft of the Northampton LCWIP was consulted on in October 2020. The document is currently being reviewed in light of consultation comments received and against LTN 1/20 guidance with a view to undertaking further stakeholder engagement and public consultation in 2022. 

Future LCWIPs

In addition to the LCWIPs already in development, we are also planning to develop a LCWIP for Daventry.

Last updated 27 October 2021