Work begins at Oswestry for Shropshire-wide cycle infrastructure plan

WORK is expected to start this month in Oswestry to develop part of a Shropshire-wide Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

City Science Incorporation has now been tasked with developing the LCWIP with work starting in late October and scheduled for completion in early summer 2022.

The Shropshire LCWIP will focus on the main urban areas of the county, including Oswestry and towns within 10 km of the city, as 10 km is considered the maximum distance most people are willing to cycle for. access work, education, shopping or recreational facilities.

Ian Nellins, a member of the Shropshire Council’s Cabinet for Climate Change, Natural Assets and the Green Economy, said he was delighted to see the plan begin.

He said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of City Science to lead the development of an LCWIP for Shropshire.

“An LCWIP for Shropshire will be part of the council’s overall driving mission to tackle climate change and provide a safer, more economical and cleaner local environment.

“It will do this by helping us identify and deliver a fully functioning active travel network, which encourages walking and cycling rather than private vehicle travel for local journeys.

“We look forward to working with the community in a collaborative and positive manner to support the creation of more sustainable places in urban and rural settings. ”

An LCWIP is a long-term, strategic approach to develop walking and cycling networks and identify necessary improvements for cycling and walking at the local level and they are part of the government’s “Shifting” strategy, which aims to transform the world. UK transport system.

A series of workshops will be held across the county at key stages in the development of the plan, as well as one-on-one sessions with stakeholders, including national roads, to understand how the needs of pedestrians and cyclists can be addressed. integrated into emerging and proposed projects. .

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