Emergency Active Travel Fund

About the Emergency Active Travel Fund

To help local authorities to restart local transport as part of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery roadmap, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £250 million Emergency Active Travel Fund. The two key aims of the funding are to:

  • enable more people to walk and cycle where possible
  • support safe social distancing in areas where people congregate, eg town centres, high streets, transport hubs or bus stops.

The types of measures that the DfT require local authorities to consider include:

  • road closures
  • widened footways
  • pop-up cycle lanes
  • temporary cycle parking
  • social distancing signage.

The £250 million is being released to local authorities in two tranches. Tranche 1 is for temporary projects during the Covid-19 pandemic and tranche 2 is for longer-term projects.

Funding for East Sussex

We have been allocated £535,145 for tranche 1, and £1,820,200 for Tranche 2.

School Streets Trial Project

ESCC applied for funding from DfT’s EATF Tranche 2 for a school streets trial project. This funding will enable us to undertake trial road closures outside a small number of schools at the beginning and end of the school day. For more information about this proposed project, see the attached FAQs.

Any correspondence should be sent to: cyclingandwalking@eastsussex.gov.uk

Tranche 1

More than £350,000 is to be spent in East Sussex on temporary schemes for cyclists and walkers

East Sussex County Council was allocated the money from the first round of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) having worked with other local councils as well as East Sussex cycling and walking groups to identify potential schemes

For each of these schemes detailed assessments were carried out and local views taken into consideration. Further details can be seen in the Lead Member report the recommendations of which were approved on 17 August 2020

What has been delivered?

  • Footway widening at Buckhurst Place (underneath railway bridge), Bexhill
  • Footway widening A259 The Stade to Pelham Place, Hastings
  • Installation of 37 cycle racks at key locations across the county
  • Bus Stop Social Distance signing – county wide
  • Social distance signing town centres – county wide
  • Covid-19 testing sites across the county

Tranche 2

East Sussex County Council has secured £1,820,200 of funding from the Department for Transport Emergency Active Travel Fund Tranche 2. This will deliver a programme of safer and inclusive walking and cycling measures, with a specific emphasis on walking measures.

This programme will be committed by March 2021 and delivered during the following financial year.

ESCC is committed to consulting local people on transport infrastructure projects. As the measures are localised, we will be informing those businesses and residents who may be affected by the proposals.

Please see a summary of consultation activities below for each capital scheme included in the programme.

EATF Tranche 2 Consultation Summary

Tranche 2: School Streets Trial Project

What did the School Streets trial involve?

The street immediately outside the school was temporarily closed to motor vehicles. It opened the street to families on foot, bike or scooter at drop off and pick up times, giving everyone more space to get to school and move around their local environment safely.

These temporary restrictions did not apply to residents, business premises on the street, emergency services, school transport, blue badge holders, deliveries, and carers of residents on the street.

When was the trial operated?

The six week trial operated between 15th March to 1st April and 19th April to 7th May 2021.

Which Schools took part in the trial?

What times did the trial operate?

The access was restricted outside of the above schools for approximately one hour between the hours 8.00am – 10.00am & 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Summary Evaluation Document

A School Streets Trial evaluation document which includes key findings and next steps has now been published. This has also been provided as a summary document.

For enquiries please either send an email to cyclingandwalking@eastsussex.gov.uk