Investing in active travel

Our designated users and communities fund has helped improve the safety of walkers and cyclists in the South West.

Across the country we work closely with the communities alongside our roads on measures to:

  • improve the environment
  • reduce pollution
  • promote active travel

One example is the £11.3 million investment, from our designated users and communities fund, to improve facilities for walkers and cyclists in the South West.

Opened in Summer 2023, the Saints Trails initiative is one of the largest-ever cycling infrastructure investments in the region.

Cyclists, walkers and horse riders can enjoy the three miles of safer travel through the Cornish countryside, including the former Perranporth to Chacewater railway line.

The funding will also provide a new cycleway between Sevenmilestone and Chiverton. This will link up with a European Structural and Investment funded section from St Agnes.

As part of that project, Cornwall Council is also delivering a new trail from West Langarth to Threemilestone, including a new bridge over the A30 at Chiverton.

Cycling the Saints Trail
Cycling the Saints Trail
Cyclists at the Perranwell Viaduct.
At the Perranwell Viaduct.

Other South West projects we've funded have include £6.2 million to Gloucestershire County Council towards their ongoing cycleway projects.

We've also provided £1.2 million of funding for North Somerset Council:

  • for the pier to pier project for a cycle path between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon
  • to complete the final part of the cycle route between Brean and Portishead