Drivers and cyclists will now benefit from quicker journeys across Plymouth thanks to a £22 million investment in building the Forder Valley Link Road. The new road, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Gayling, will also help unlock the land north of the city where 4300 homes are planned over the next 15 years. It will also include new walking and cycling routes as well as improving bus connectivity from the east.
The new 1-kilometre road will create an additional route from the east of Plymouth to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and the A386 Tavistock Road. The road will link the Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road to William Prance Road in Derriford. Work is due to start in April 2019 and should be completed in 3 years.
Source: Department for Transport
This announcement was made as part of a wider investment programme in the south-west to improve connectivity in the region to help boost the area’s economy. The Transport Secretary made this announcement as he was visiting the region to talk with local businesses about how the government can provide the modern and reliable services the region needs.
The full article can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transport-secretary-announces-22-million-investment-in-plymouth-link-road
Isle of Wight Council has secured £1.35m funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) Access Fund for Sustainable Travel (the Access Fund) to deliver a series of sustainable transport projects and interventions between 2017 and 2020. The intention of this funding is to improve access to jobs, skills, education and training by boosting the number of people walking and cycling as well as focusing on achieving targeted levels of travel behaviour change amongst residents and to inspire more sustainable visitor travel.
A small section of this funding is being made available as Sustainable Transport Innovation Grants. Island groups, businesses and organisations are being encouraged to apply for up to £10,000 of revenue funding to deliver projects that embrace innovation and unlock potential for increased active and sustainable transport on the island.
How to Apply
The application requires the completion of an application form, available on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Isle of Wight Council website. Accessible via the link below: www.iwight.com/sportsunit
As part of the announcement, The Department of Transport have announced that 263 new ultra-low emission buses will be introduced, therefore doubling the number of buses in the UK fleet. This £48 million investment comes from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and will specifically fund new green vehicles and infrastructure to clean up the air in towns and cities. This funding will help to meet low emissions targets in the government’s Clean Air Strategy, published in January 2019.
Nineteen successful bidders across England and Wales will receive funding to purchase ultra-low emission buses with the supporting infrastructure, including charging points. The successful areas include London, Cardiff, Nottingham, parts of the West Midlands and Yorkshire.
This £48 million fund is the latest in a long line of investment that is designed to promote and drive the uptake of zero emission vehicles. Britain hopes to become a world leader in the zero-emission revolution, ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a more resilient economy.
However, buses are not solely about cleaning up the air in towns and cities, they are key for older and vulnerable people to facilitate social connections. Minister Nusrat Ghani announced a partnership at the UK Bus Summit, with Greener Journeys to highlight the pivotal role that the bus industry has in tackling loneliness and social isolation. Specifically, the partnership will see companies pledge to do all they can to tackle loneliness, such as innovative vehicle design or initiatives to encourage passengers to talk to each other.
Greener Journeys have announced schemes such as Go Ahead’s ‘Chatty Bus’ campaign which encourages conversations between passengers and Stagecoach’s ‘Hattie’, a community bus from Stagecoach specifically designed to promote a safe place where passengers can meet and chat to new people.
The full article can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/48-million-funding-to-drive-down-bus-emissions-across-the-uk
Image showing successful bidders (Source: Department for Transport)
As part of Southampton City Council’s ‘Cycling Southampton’ ten year strategy to develop the Southampton’s Cycle Network (SCN). Work will begin on a £1.4million project to deliver continuous, safe and segregated cycle paths along both directions of Inner Avenue, which will form part of the SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway. The freeway when complete will link the City Centre to Chandlers Ford. This will be a key improvement as part of the SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway with the new lanes extending from Lodge Road to Charlotte Place southbound and from London Road to Banister Road northbound
Works are planned in several phases starting on Monday 11th February at the junctions of London Road, Rockstone Place and Archers Road and is expected to last 20 weeks. There will be improvements to crossing points and continuous footways over the side roads onto Inner Avenue to provide safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
This £1.4 million scheme is funded through the Local Transport Plan and DEFRA’s Joint Air Quality Unit Clean Air Zone funding. This is a significant step for the city in developing safe and direct facilities for people to cycle in and support more people to get around actively.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced that new roads or existing ones that are upgraded should prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and those who use public transport.
This statement follows a proposal made in a draft quality standard for encouraging physical activity within the general population, which was published on the 4th January. The aim behind this quality standard is to get more people to be active in their day-to-day lives and therefore reduce car usage, by encouraging safe, convenient, active travel that is accessible for everyone, including people with limited mobility. This includes implementing measures such as tactile paving and non-reflective, anti-glare surfaces for people with visual impairments.
Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking said, “Placing key services such as schools, GP surgeries and bus stops within walking distance is vital”.
Improvements in both cyclists’ and pedestrian facilities are deemed to be necessary, especially as the NHS Digital revealed that 26% of adults were classified as obese. Furthermore, physical inactivity is responsible for one in six deaths and is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion annually.
The full article can be found here: https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/new-and-upgraded-roads-should-prioritise-pedestrians-cyclists-and-public-transport-over-motorised-vehicles
Upgrade your advent calendar this year, by joining the Winter Wheelers festivities. My Journey has paired up with Love to Ride to offer a host of prizes from Proviz, Beryl, Muc-Off and Torch. If you are within a locally funded area, you can log a cycle ride of at least 10 minutes each day between 1st and 24th December to be in with a chance of winning the day’s prize. Not only this, but everyone who has logged a ride during the month will be entered into a Christmas Day prize draw for a £750 voucher to spend at a local bike shop.
Anyone can register for Love to Ride, with discounts available to anyone who logs a ride in December even if you are not within a locally funded area. You can also get your workplace involved with the Love to Ride Business programme to be in with the chance of winning daily prizes and being entered into the Christmas Day draw. To find out if you are in a funded area, register Here.
By downloading ‘Ride Report’ app and connecting it to your Love to Ride account, your rides will be logged automatically. You can also connect Love to Ride with Strava, Endomondo and Map my Fitness. You can invite your friends to join you and earn badges, set goals and upload photos.
Nineteen brand new buses have been introduced onto Bluestar’s Route 18 in Southampton, expanding from single to double deck vehicles. The new buses also have improved environmental credentials compared to the existing fleet, with start/stop engine technology and the latest low carbon engines. The route 18 travels from Millbrook to Thornhill via Shirley, Southampton, Northam and Bitterne, with services approximately every 10 minutes. For the latest Bluestar Route 18 timetable, visit, click HERE.
If you are wanting to try out one of the new buses over the Christmas period, make sure you check out their Christmas services HERE.
Bluestar are also celebrating the recent success of their parent company Go South Coast, who won the award for‘Large Bus Operator of the Year’ in the RouteOne awards. So give your next Bluestar driver a congratulations when you climb aboard.
For Bluestar news, click HERE.