Active Travel Fund for roads and pavements

Following unprecedented levels of walking and cycling across the UK during the pandemic, the government announced a funding package to help encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel, making healthier habits easier and helping make sure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand.

This grant funding supports local transport authorities with producing cycling and walk facilities and has been awarded in 3 tranches to date:

  • tranche 1 supported the installation of temporary projects for the COVID-19 pandemic
  • tranche 2 supported the creation of longer-term projects
  • tranche 3 intends to support the creation of further longer-term projects

More information about how the government are helping councils can be found on the Transport Secretary's travel fund announcement page.

How much money is being given to Surrey?

On 25 June 2020, Surrey was granted £848,000 by the government to support the roll out of the first phase of active travel schemes (Tranche 1). This money was for emergency temporary measures to aid social distancing and encourage more cycling and walking, such as additional cycle parking, widening of footways and one-way streets.

On 13 November 2020 it was announced that Surrey had been allocated a further £6,445,750 to carry out our second phase of works for longer term permanent schemes (Tranche 2).

In March 2022 Department of Transport confirmed that we would receive a third tranche of funding for a number of schemes we submitted in a bid back in August 2021. Once the amount of funding has been made public and the schemes the funding is for have been confirmed, we will provide a further update.

Tranche 2 (longer term) projects

We formally consulted on eight Tranche 2 (longer term) projects and these will be constructed and completed by Autumn 2022.

Our Tranche 2 projects are in the following locations:

  • A217 Westvale Park to Gatwick
  • A23 Bonehurst Road, Redhill
  • Dagley Lane, Shalford
  • Guildford to Burpham
  • Gresham Road, Staines
  • Park Road, Stanwell
  • Town Lane, Stanwell
  • Woking to West Byfleet

Tranche 3 (further longer term) projects

We submitted an application to the Department of Transport in August 2021 for a third round of Active Travel funding where we bid for a further seven schemes.

We are keen to build on the success of the first two rounds of the Active Travel Fund to truly help transform how residents, visitors and employees travel in our county.

Our bid comprised of transformational, innovative projects which reallocate road space to active travel modes. These include a number of flagship segregated cycleways, quietways and roundabout upgrades in Reigate and Banstead and Woking, as well as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Schools Streets in Spelthorne and Waverley.

The list below shows the locations of the seven schemes, and the amount we have bid for. We will confirm how much the DfT have allocated and to what schemes in May 2022.

  • Ashford Park Estate Low Traffic Neighbourhood (£44,928)
  • Boxgrove Roundabout (£458,750)
  • Bullers Road and Hale Reeds School Streets (£208,750)
  • Redhill to East Surrey Hospital via Earlsbrook Road (£1,934,165)
  • Reigate to Redhill via Blackborough Road (£1,996,616)
  • Banstead to A217 via Holly Lane (£1,540,303)
  • Redhill to Merstham (£1,947,285)

How can I submit a request for changes?

Active Travel Fund improvements have now been finalised but all suggestions received will be kept on record and considered when further funding becomes available.

You may wish to also see our webpage showing our plans to improve walking and cycling where you can have your say and submit ideas for the development of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) across the county.