Active Travel Fund for roads and pavements

Surrey County Council is working to help pedestrians and cyclists so they can stay safe and social distance while they're out and about.

The government has given councils emergency measures during the coronavirus pandemic to temporarily create wider pavements and new cycle paths to ensure people can keep a two metre distance apart from each other outside their households, and continue to use alternative ways to travel.

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

How much money is being given to Surrey?

Surrey was granted £848,000 by the government to support the roll out of the first phase of active travel schemes, but not the full £1.69 million grant which we had bid for. We are therefore matching the money received from the government, so the projects can still go ahead.

We have also submitted a bid (on 6 August 2020) for further funding of £7.8m, to enable us to carry out our second phase of works.

What locations are going to be improved with the funds?

The county council worked with Surrey's borough and district councils, county councillors and other partners to identify locations where improved spaces for walkers and cyclists would help residents to get out and about as the lockdown is gradually lifted.

This includes town centres and other shopping areas, where wider pavements would give people confidence to return to the shops and restaurants, and support our high streets.

To see the locations where we are improving spaces for residents, please use the links in the 'Have your say' section below.

Permanent changes

As well as the temporary changes in many locations, we are planning to make permanent changes. You can see detailed maps of the permanent changes (PDF on external site) we plan to carry out.

For full written details of these proposals and the funding bid, please see our bid for a second block of funding from the DfT (PDF on external site).

Have your say about planned changes or recently implemented changes

We are keen to get views from the local community about changes which we are now proposing to carry out, or about changes which have recently been implemented.

We are unable to respond to your comments individually, but please be assured that all comments are viewed regularly and taken into account when we make decisions and review schemes.

You can view the proposals and changes and make your comments online for each district of the borough of Surrey. Please choose from the options below:

Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell and Spelthorne

Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Woking

Guildford and Waverley

Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge

How can I submit a request for changes?

If you would like to send us a request for changes in your area, or see what others have suggested, please use the below map and click on 'Have your say' in the top right hand corner.

We are unable to respond to these requests individually but please check this page regularly for information about the works which are being progressed to the next stage.

For all other reports and enquiries which are not related to measures under the Active Travel fund, please continue to report these to us through our online reporting forms.

Frequently asked questions

What are these hoping to achieve?

It's absolutely vital that people are able to stay safe when cycling and walking, and to have the space they need to pass each other safely. We are carrying out temporary pilot schemes in Farnham and Reigate that will help inform the emerging plans of other emergency active travel schemes within Surrey. This is particularly necessary in response to the Government's strategic intent:

"Local authorities in areas with high levels of public transport use should take measures to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling, both to encourage active travel and to enable social distancing during restart (social distancing in this context primarily refers to the need for people to stay 2 metres apart where possible when outdoors). Local authorities where public transport use is low should be considering all possible measures.

Measures should be taken as swiftly as possible, and in any event within weeks, given the urgent need to change travel habits before the restart takes full effect." More information can be found from our Cabinet members press release.

Is this temporary?

Currently, the changes being carried out are temporary emergency active travel schemes and are intended to be for 3 months.

We have also made a bid for a second block of funding from the DfT, and (subject to a successful bid) the works carried out will be permanent.

Why were residents not consulted?

These are temporary emergency active travel measures to meet the challenge of being able to stay safe when cycling and walking, and to have the space needed to pass each other safely, as we recover from the COVID 19 restrictions. This is in response to the reduced capacity on public transport and to build on the changes in travel choices that have seen a marked increase in active travel.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to consult with all affected residents about these temporary emergency active travel schemes. However, the views of residents will be noted and taken in to consideration with any tweaks to the current pilot schemes. These will help inform any changes of approach for emergency active travel measures in other locations.

What if it is not successful? Will the measures be kept in place for the entire trial?

Sometimes schemes operate in practice differently to how they were designed and safety assessed, even after the initial change has had time to settle. The pilot emergency active travel measures will be monitored to assess both for ongoing road safety and effectiveness at supporting cycling and walking, and to have the space they need to pass each other safely.

If there are sustained significant issues with the pilot schemes then these could be either significantly modified or removed before the end of the intended 3 months duration.

Why can't there be more temporary 20mph speed limits?

Temporary 20mph speed limits can be either advisory or have a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order to support an enforceable change for up to 18 months. Speed limits are set in accordance with our "Setting Local Speed Limits Policy" and in consultation with the Police, who would be enforcing the new speed limit. Details of this policy can be found on our speed limits page.

Each location for a 20mph speed limit has to be considered separately for likely compliance to any new speed limit. If the mean average speed of traffic is too high then there would need to be supporting engineering measures, such as traffic calming, to help reduce the speed of traffic.