Ernie Clark. Hilperton Division, Wiltshire Council.

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Tuesday February 02, 2021 Wiltshire Council announces next steps...

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...for cycling schemes in the county.

Wiltshire Council has today announced the next steps for cycling lanes in the county after considering the results of a public consultation.

The results of the tranche two schemes consultation were as follows:

• Making the A420 Chippenham scheme permanent: support 46%; oppose 54%

• Lowden Hill, Chippenham: support 51%; oppose 49%

• Downton Road, Salisbury: support 60%; oppose 40%

• Hilperton to Melksham via Semington: support 80%; oppose 20%

• Easton Lane between Chippenham and Corsham: support 76%; oppose 24%

The council has received £681,000 from the DfT for these schemes, which is less than the £908,000 originally bid for, and so it is unable to take all of the schemes forward at this point. However, those that received support in the survey may be progressed in the future, if funding is available.

Taking into account the views of survey respondents, along with available funding and adherence to DfT guidelines, Cabinet is considering taking forward the Hilperton to Melksham via Semington, and the Easton Lane between Chippenham and Corsham schemes.

There will be further consultation on these two schemes in due course.


Interestingly, the 80% support figure for the Hilperton scheme was the highest % recorded in either the tranche one or tranche two consultations.