Local Sustainable Transport Fund
In 2012 Staffordshire County Council was awarded £4.2 million from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund which has enabled the start of a number of exciting initiatives to improve greener transport in Stafford.
Schemes in the LSTF bid will target peak hour commuters, improve sustainable access to jobs, training and services, and help to reduce carbon emissions. Bus facilities and passenger information will be improved on congested routes and walking and cycling improvements will include a new 400 metre segregated route that will complete the eastern network.
Businesses and residential communities will be encouraged to re-consider their travel habits through discounted bus travel, targeted promotion, a new mobile cycle centre and travel plan support to businesses. Commitment to implementation has already been secured from major local employers, the Chamber of Commerce and the bus operator, including participation in a Business Travel Plan Network, and full use will be made of a local cycling charity.
Stafford LSTF Application (3.65MB)
Baswich Walking and Cycling Route
A major project that the County Council is planning to undertake with Local Sustainable Transport Funds (subject to planning permission) is the Baswich Walking and Cycling Route.
The scheme comprises:
Advisory cycle route (signage only) connecting Weston Road with Tixall Road, along Birkdale Drive and Wolseley Road.
A 400 metre viaduct connecting Tixall Road to Baswich Lane, crossing the River Sow and Kingston Brook that will be sensitively illuminated.
A new 3 metre wide structure adjacent to the Canal Bridge on Baswich Lane, replacing the existing footbridge.
A shared cycleway/footway, starting from St. Thomas' Cottage, Baswich Lane to Cornwall Drive.
Public consultation was undertaken in November 2012 including an exhibition at Berkswich Holy Trinity Community Hall, Baswich. Details of the scheme, which has been submitted for planning permission, are shown in the following documents:
3D Visualisations (655KB)
Baswich Walking and Cycling Route (672KB)
Route between Tixall Road and Baswich Road (622KB)
Alternative Route between Tixall Road and Baswich Road (161KB)
Inspiring New Travel Options
The INTO project is funded by the LSTF and equips local residents, businesses and schools to make travel choices that benefit themselves, the local environment and the Staffordshire Economy.
The "Stoking Employment in North Staffordshire" initiative was awarded £5 million funding from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund on improving sustainable transport to support existing and growing employment sites.
The joint bid by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council focused on improving sustainable transport to support existing and growing employment sites. These include: Keele University Science and Business Park, University Quarter (UniQ), Chatterley Valley, Etruria Valley and Trentham Lakes.
The package will help to connect local residents, particularly employees, job seekers and people in further/higher education to the opportunities available at two universities and colleges, the University Hospital and significant employment areas. Routes will be enhanced with traffic management, bus priority, improved bus services, passenger information and safe pedestrian environments.
Parallel cycle routes will provide greater travel choice and complementary Home to Work initiatives will further enhance accessibility for job seekers. Directly related marketing and promotion will take place and travel planning will be boosted at the destinations benefitting from capital investment.
North Staffordshire LSTF Application (1.85MB)