West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire Council approves long term Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Issued on 07 June 2020

West Berkshire Council has approved the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which will provide a long term, strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements for the district. The plan covers Newbury and Thatcham as well as incorporating the LCWIP established for the eastern area settlements including Calcot, Pangbourne, Purley-on-Thames, and Theale.

The Council wants to improve facilities and opportunities for active travel and increase the amount of people walking and cycling as part of their daily routine. The LCWIP provides a framework for future investment in active travel infrastructure. The plan's adoption will help secure a long-term commitment to resources required for the proposed walking and cycling network over a ten year period.

The LCWIP is the result of two consultations which took place in Newbury and Thatcham (from February 2021 to April 2021) and also the Eastern Area of the District (completed in partnership with Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Council between May 2020 and August 2020).

Following the consultations, the council established that a strategic approach needs to be adopted in order to improve conditions for cycling and walking. The LCWIP helps West Berkshire Council to:

  • Identify cycling and walking infrastructure improvements for future investment in the short, medium and long term.

  • Ensure that consideration is given to cycling and walking within both local planning and transport policies and strategies.

  • Make the case for future funding for walking and cycling infrastructure.

Cllr Richard Somner, Executive Member for Planning, Transport and Countryside, said:

"West Berkshire Council is totally committed to providing better cycling and walking conditions for its residents and the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan is a very important step towards reaching that goal.

"This is a long term project and we want to ensure that we have taken all the necessary measures to ensure the successful delivery of the walking and cycling network."

The LCWIP has been approved by Cllr Richard Somner and will be part of the West Berkshire Council transport policy. The adoption of the LCWIP will help the council to develop an economic case for investment. The next steps will involve undertaking feasibility studies for the routes, preparing detailed designs and costings, managing scheme delivery, and monitoring and evaluating performance of schemes after implementation.