Integrated transport schemes
The local cycling and walking infrastructure plan
Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP) represent a strategic approach by government to identify improvements for cycling and walking networks that are needed in a specified area over a long-term period, typically ten years.
Whilst the preparation of a LCWIP is not mandatory, in order to be eligible for future funding opportunities, primarily from government and also informing discussions with developers, Swindon Borough Council’s (SBC) needs to be clear on its priorities for future cycling and walking schemes. The LCWIP represents the principal framework to achieve this and ensure that SBC is well placed to make the case for future investment.
The Swindon LCWIP, which is formally adopted, sets out an initial pool of twenty-three high quality infrastructure schemes to improve and increase usage of the strategic network in the borough. This includes identifying corridors for improving the provision across Swindon town centre, links to the expansion areas as well as communities in the rural-urban-periphery, principally Highworth and Wroughton. There are also cross-boundary connections to settlements in neighbouring local authorities.
The LCWIP aligns with SBC’s Vision for Swindon, with the adoption of the LCWIP contributing towards a number of the priority areas.
- priority one of SBC’s Vision, with scheme proposals linked to the town centre and the Swindon Heritage Action Zone (HAZ)
- priority three to support sustainable growth through delivery of appropriate infrastructure
- helping priority five, through continuing to embrace and facilitate the move to sustainable travel
- priority six in promoting healthy lifestyles for the population of Swindon
A public consultation on the draft Swindon LCWIP was undertaken for an 8-week period in August and September 2021, attracting over 125 responses. Publicity to raise awareness of this consultation involved emails to key stakeholders and postings on SBC’s communications channels, including the Highways News e-newsletter and social media platforms.
A number of themes and issues were highlighted in the consultation responses, including amendments to the objectives and further commentary on the function the local canal network has in enabling journeys by foot and cycle now and in the future.
The suggestions for additional infrastructure enhancements were reviewed and, where appropriate, have been included within the scope of the relevant scheme profiles.
The documents are available to download below: