Active travel fund schemes

We want to encourage the residents of Kent to walk and cycle more. To do this we are introducing pedestrian and cyclist zones in and around some of Kent's towns.

We will be introducing 4 new 20mph schemes for motor vehicles:

  • 2 town wide schemes in Faversham and Tonbridge
  • 2 town centre schemes in Margate and Tunbridge Wells.

The schemes are being introduced through an Experimental Traffic Order. This means that throughout the trial period we will be consulting and monitoring the effectiveness of the scheme to determine if they will stay.

View the scheme consultations.

We have provisionally been allocated over £8 million by the Department for Transport, which will be used to invest in promoting the active travel scheme in the wake of coronavirus.

The first round of funding (Tranche 1) agreed by the government is to supply £1.6 million. With the rest of the funding dependent on the first round being spent within 8 weeks. The second round will be dependent on the government's decision to award more funding.

Read the benefits of reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph.

Have your say

If you would like to register your support, objections or concerns about any of these proposals email activetravelfund@kent.gov.uk.

Highway schemes

What we are changing

We will be going into phase 4B of the Cinque Ports Cycleway route between Folkestone to Lydd. The changes will include:

  • a shared use footway and cycleway
  • improving the signage
  • resurfacing of footway
  • the relocation of existing sign posts and street furniture. This will ensure pedestrians and cyclist movement are not obstructed
  • widening and re-aligning the footways to meet national minimum design standards of 3 metres.

The shared pathway will run from the junction of Reachfields on the A259 Dymchurch Road to St George's Place. It will connect to the new cycle route from St George's Place to the housing development Martello Lakes, Nickoll's Road.

Why we are making the changes

The route will allow residents to cycle safely to school from Hythe or Martello Lakes. Where you can cross the road using the recently installed toucan crossing point at Palmarsh Primary School.

What we are changing

We want to convert the lane travelling towards the town on Maison Dieu Road into a temporary cycle and bus lane only. The shared lane will start at the junction with Bridge Street to Castle Street.

The lane will also include:

  • arrows and wording
  • cycle symbols
  • signage on temporary A-frames.

Water filled barriers will be placed on the centreline to segregate traffic and to provide enough space for pedestrian access. Access for vehicles along the exit roads on Maison Dieu Road will be provided through wider gaps between the barriers.

Why we are making the changes

In and around Maison Dieu Round there are 6 schools. We want to make sure that those travelling to the schools can benefit from a dedicated cycle and bus lane.

Often, the biggest reason people choose not to cycle or to not allow their children to cycle is because of safety concerns. We hope that the lane will greatly impact resident's ability to travel in an active, sustainable and safe way.

Update on the trial

We have decided to remove this temporary facility and return both lanes to their previous capacity.

The scheme was designed to promote the use of cycling as an alternative to vehicles, but it had a detrimental effect on the capacity for other traffic using the road.

We still see the benefits of promoting cycling in Dover, but post-lockdown traffic levels, Operation Stack and TAP have shown to be too much for this location to continue as planned.

We closely monitored the scheme during its operation, adjusting the traffic signal timing to reduce delays on the road and in the surrounding area. However, with the Dover Traffic Access Protocol (TAP) and given the increase in congestion that we have observed during the trial, we have made the decision to remove the scheme.

What we are changing

We will be installing posts along the edge of the existing cycle lane and widening some of the footpath using bolt-down kerbs.

The left turn lane off from the A26 roundabout onto Brook Street will be removed. In its place, we will be placing red and white barriers.

Why we are making the changes

The posts will allow cyclists to feel safer and more comfortable when using the cycle lane. Motorists travelling along this road will be encouraged to think about the safety of the cyclists using the lane.

The widened footpath will allow more space for cyclists to use the A26 corridor safely, therefore offering greater connectivity for cyclists, and consequently improving access to local destinations, residential properties and education establishments.

Update on the trial

We have taken the decision not to complete the trial on this section of the network and will be removing the scheme and returning the road to the previous layout. The government led emergency Active Travel initiative has led to authorities all over the country trialling schemes like these of a ‘pop up’ nature and in some cases they are not always successful.

Whilst the scheme was to be trialled in order to promote the use of cycling as an alternative to the motorised vehicle, as an authority we must ensure that due consideration is given to traffic volumes on our strategic road network as well as congestion and journey time reliability. The scheme was designed and conceived at a time when traffic conditions were very different. Post-lockdown traffic levels are now at a peak and as the highway authority we have a responsibility to keep our roads moving, especially on a A road. Having taken on board feedback received from all road users it is felt that the scheme will not offer enough benefit to justify its continuation.

We still see the benefits of promoting cycling in Tonbridge and will continue to consider improvements that encourage active travel in the future.

What we are changing

We will be installing posts along the edge of the existing cycle lane of the A26 St John's Road, between Culverden Park and Speldhurst Road.

They will be placed at regular intervals, with sufficient gaps to allow for access to bus stops, properties and side roads.

Why we are making the changes

The posts will allow cyclists to feel safer and comfortable when using the cycle lane. Motorists travelling along this road will be encouraged to think about the safety of the cyclists using the lane.

What we are changing

We will be converting part of the carriageway into a cycle facility on the west side of the road, protected by installing red and white barriers.

Parking bays between 38 Quarry Hill Road and Aycliffe Dentistry will be removed to provide the necessary space.

Why we are making the changes

The new facility will allow for greater connectivity for cyclists, and consequently improving access to local destinations, residential properties and education establishments.

Update on the trial

We have taken the decision not to complete the trial on this section of the network and will be removing the scheme and returning the road to the previous layout. The government led emergency Active Travel initiative has led to authorities all over the country trialling schemes like these of a ‘pop up’ nature and in some cases they are not always successful.

Whilst the scheme was to be trialled in order to promote the use of cycling as an alternative to the motorised vehicle, as an authority we must ensure that due consideration is given to traffic volumes on our strategic road network as well as congestion and journey time reliability. The scheme was designed and conceived at a time when traffic conditions were very different. Post-lockdown traffic levels are now at a peak and as the highway authority we have a responsibility to keep our roads moving, especially on a A road. Having taken on board feedback received from all road users it is felt that the scheme will not offer enough benefit to justify its continuation.

We still see the benefits of promoting cycling in Tonbridge and will continue to consider improvements that encourage active travel in the future.

What we are changing

We will be introducing a pedestrian and cycle zone on Albion Street and Harbour Street between Albion Street car park and its junction with High Street. The zone will operate between the hours of 10am to 10pm (except buses, taxis and for access).

We will also add a bus gate on Albion Street between the junctions of Alexandra Road and Harbour Street. This means that there will be no through traffic except for buses, taxis and cycles. The bus gate will be in force 24/7, seven days a week.

Why we are making the changes

We want to create a safer space for pedestrians and increase the amount of cyclists in this area. We hope to reduce the demand for public transport and private motor vehicles.

View the Albion Street, Broadstairs scheme plan (PDF, 536.4 KB).

What we are changing

We will be putting in access motor vehicle restrictions at the junction of Church Road/ Station Road, and Clavical Road. Buses will be exempt from the restrictions.

Why we are making the changes

With the introduction of the bus gates, we hope to reduce the levels of traffic along the length of Commercial Road. This will make the area safer, pleasant and less polluted for those travelling by bike or foot.

The design is one of several considered, including the introduction of cycling facilities along the southern end of Commercial Road near Maidstone Road. This design was declined, as it would have resulted in the loss of parking. The bus gate scheme does not impact on parking in the southern section.

What we are changing

We will be extending the current prohibition of motor vehicle restrictions on High Street restrictions to Earl Street.

The restriction will in place between the junction of Pudding Lane to Rose Court. With additional provisions for cyclists to pass through without motor vehicles present.

We will also be amending the existing on street parking.

Why we are making the changes

We want to provide a safe environment for pedestrians. Therefore we will be introducing planters, parklets and seating.

These will be installed between the restaurants Wagamama and Wildwood.

What we are changing

Through traffic will be banned from travelling along Albion Street from Albion Street car park to Charlotte Street. This area will be a pedestrianised zone from 10am to 10pm and will include new signage and line improvements.

Access will be available for deliveries, pedestrians, cyclists and buses only.

Why we are making the changes

The changes will allow for a safer pedestrianised friendly shopping, eating and drinking environment. It will encourage active travel to and from the seafront and High Street.

What we are changing

We want to make King Street a safer environment for cyclists. To do this we will install an on-carriageway cycle lane with light segregation into the street. Therefore we will need to relocate or amend existing bus stops, disabled parking bays and the taxi rank.

Due to the restrictions at the eastern end of King Street, we are proposing traffic signals, which will allow cyclists to safely pass through this section.

We are also proposing to create a safer pedestrian and cycle crossing to The Mall's bus station and car park entrance.

Why we are making the changes

We want to create a safer cycling link between Maidstone East Station and Mote Park.

What we are changing

We want to make a number of changes in and around Milton Road, including a new segregated cycle lane on Milton Road from Wellington Street to Berkley Road. The lane will be separated from traffic with posts known as orcas and wands.

We will also be installing a cycle route along Ordance Road, Albion Terrace and Norfolk Road.

Road closures will then be in place to prevent traffic from driving through. To do this we will use wooden planters across the roads of Russell Road and Prospect Grove.

Why we are making the changes

We want to create a safer space for pedestrians and increase the amount of cyclists in this area. We hope to reduce the demand for public transportation and private motor vehicles.

What we are changing

We are making changes to this junction to restrict vehicular access along this rural lane and encouraging cycling and sustainable forms of travel along this route.

We will be restricting access to motor vehicles to travel from Oak Hatch (approximately 200 metres from the Culverden Down junction), to St Gregory's Roman Catholic School.

Signs will be clearly be shown at the entrance and exit of Reynolds Lane, to notify drivers of the restriction.

Why we are making the changes

We want to encourage more cycling and sustainable forms of travel along this rural lane.

What we are changing

We will be closing St Peter's Footpath temporarily between 8am and 9:30am and 2pm and 3:30pm during school term times.

To inform motorists of these works and to slow down safely, signs and road narrowings were installed on College Road.

For pedestrians, a Park and Stride site was established with access to an improved public right of way 5 minutes’ walk from the site.

Why we are making the changes

The school gate during the start and end of school is often congested by conflicting traffic movements. The scheme aims to increase the number of children travelling actively to school.

These changes were launched in June and feedback from residents, the school and school children has been very positive.

What we are changing

We will be changing one lane in each direction along New Street, Somerset Road and Mace lane, into a new cycle lane. To do this, we will be installing posts known as orcas and wands.

The posts will be placed at regular intervals, with sufficient gaps to allow for access to bus stops, properties and side roads.

Why we are making the changes

We want to create a space to encourage and enable cycling in a safe environment around town away from motor vehicles.

Update on the trial

We have decided to remove this scheme and return both lanes to their previous capacity.

Whilst the scheme was implemented to promote the use of cycling as an alternative to the motorised vehicle, as an authority we must ensure that all highway users are safe. The decision was made as the original design did not offer adequate capacity and there were some concerns about the speed in which cyclists could pass through these busy junctions and the potential conflict with pedestrians crossing.

We still see the benefits of promoting cycling in Ashford, but post-lockdown traffic levels have shown to be too much for this location to continue as planned.

What we are changing

We are creating a one way system from Roxburgh Road to St Mildred's Road, heading towards Saint Saviour's Parish Church.

The scheme includes changes to the parking bays, to encourage walking and cycling. We will be using parklets, planters and bolted down bollards (delineators) to reallocate road space.

Please note that the buses will be unaffected by this scheme.

Why we are making the changes

Station Road is a busy shopping parade, which has very limited space for pedestrians. The changes will create a safer and friendlier environment for pedestrians, with fewer motor vehicles

View the Station Road scheme plan (PDF, 444.3 KB).

What we are changing

We will be widening the footpath and installing posts from Sainsbury's Local to the roundabout of North Lane, on St Dunstan's Street.

The exit onto St Dunstan's Street from Kirby's Lane will be closed off to motor vehicles. This closure allows for pedestrians and cyclists to move freely and safely past the junction.

To encourage walking and cycling along Station Road West, we will be installing cycle parking, planters, parklets and seating in place of some of current parking bays.

Why we are making the changes

We want to provide a safer and friendlier shopping, eating and drinking experience for pedestrians. We hope to encourage active travel to and from the West Station and the High Street.

View the A290 St Dunstans Street Canterbury scheme plan (PDF, 491.2 KB).

What we are changing

We will be making the High Street (B2023) a one way system heading north from Mount Sion to Vale Road. A widened footpath will be provided on the southern side of the High Street for improved pedestrian movement and space.

Why we are making the changes

The scheme aims to improve pedestrian access in one of the town's busiest streets. This would also increase active travel and improve the air quality in the local area.

The High Street is one of the main links between the upper part of the town centre, and the historic Pantiles.

Due to social distancing measures this wider space will help to keep pedestrians safe in the short term.

Public right of way schemes

What we are changing

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, CB30 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • route surfaces scrapped and renewed.

Why we are making the changes

The improvements will promote a more attractive walking link to Blean Primary School and Nursery away from roads. It is a well-used route and this will encourage greater connectivity in the community.

What we are changing

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, CB518 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • route surfaces scrapped and renewed
  • new signage to provide detailed information about the distance of the route.

Why we are making the changes

We want to encourage greater use of a direct access link to nearby schools and the University of Kent, whilst also improving the quality of this route for commuting and leisure.

What we are changing

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, CB20B and public byway CB20 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • route surfaces scrapped and renewed.

Why we are making the changes

Improvements will increase the attractiveness and safety of a well-used and well promoted route, which provides a popular employment and leisure connection between Canterbury and Whitstable.

What we are changing

To maximise the width and enhance the attractiveness of the public footpath, SD72 will have:

  • the surface cleared and repaired
  • new signage to highlight the new access.

Why we are making the changes

The upgrade will provide valuable cycling links. We have worked with the local residents and parish council to upgrade the status of the path.

What we are changing

To maximise the width and improve safety, public footpath TM4 and public bridleway TM5 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • route surfaces scrapped and renewed.

Why we are making the changes

TM4 provides a link to Drapers mill Primary School, as part of the Park & Stride scheme with safer routes to school. The enhancements of these routes, will help to promote walking/ cycling locally.

What we are changing

To maximise the existing route, popular and well used public footpath MR105 from Four Acres west to East Malling will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • surface scraped and renewed.

Why we are making the changes

We are looking to encourage more active travel in the area. Local residents using this link to travel to schools and the local East Malling station.

What we are changing

To enhance the appearance of the public footpath, CB516 will have:

  • full vegetation clearance
  • surface scraped and renewed.

Why we are making the changes

CB516 provides a great link as part of the PROW network connecting the University of Kent and facilities in Canterbury City centre.

Funded by

This scheme is being funded by the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.