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Wolverhampton Vision for 2026 - "A modern public realm network, vibrant canalside quarter and remodelled ring road make the compact City centre attractive to walkers and cyclists."

Transport Improvements : "New public transport interchange served by extended metro line.  Ring road remodelling to extend centre by increasing accessibility"

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Bilston Transport Improvements : "Bilston Urban Village access including new metro Stop, and creation of a pedestrian and cycle network." 


2 - Policy TRAN4: Creating Coherent Networks for Cycle and for Walking Pg 102

Spatial Objectives

The development of sustainable modes and encouraging people out of their cars, particularly for short and commuter journeys is an important element of Spatial Objective 5. Places need to be well connected with attractive, convenient, direct, and safe routes available to users and providing real choice.


Joint working between the four local authorities will ensure that the Black Country has a comprehensive cycle network based on integrating the four local cycle networks, including common cycle infrastructure design standards
Creating an environment that encourages sustainable travel requires new developments to link to existing walking and cycling networks. The links should be safe, direct and not impeded by infrastructure provided for other forms of transport. Where possible, existing links should be
enhanced and the networks extended to serve new developments. New developments should have good walking and cycling links to public transport nodes and interchanges.

Cycle parking facilities should be provided at all new developments and should be located in a convenient location with good natural surveillance, e.g. in close proximity of main front entrances for short stay visitors or under shelter for long stay visitors. The number of cycle
parking spaces required will be determined by local standards in supplementary planning documents.


5.24 It is essential that the development of walking and cycling facilities are an integral part of the transport system both on the highway network, canal corridors, Public Rights of Way and on other paths. Comprehensive cycle and walking networks within the Black Country will enable communities to access employment, public transport interchanges, services and facilities in a sustainable way. A transport network that facilitates car use and disadvantages walking and cycling can adversely affect the health and well being of its communities. Identifying and overcoming barriers to walking and cycling during development processes will encourage a renaissance of walking and cycling within the Black Country and help improve the health and well being of local communities by reducing the incidence of obesity, coronary heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. While both walking and cycling are active modes of travel with clear health benefits, the implementation recognises the specific requirements of each with cycling provision mainly on carriageway and a comprehensive network walking opportunities available both on highway and off road.


5.25 Walking and Cycling Strategies are incorporated within the West Midlands Local Transport Plan (LTP2) with a target to increase cycling by 1% by 2010/11. The four Black Country local authorities have their own walking and cycling strategies and use funding allocated through LTP2 to make infrastructure improvements.

5.26 A Black Country Cycle Network map (Appendix 6) has been developed to identify missing links and barriers between borough boundaries.

5.27 In order to achieve a coherent Black Country cycle network the four local authorities have agreed to follow common cycle infrastructure design standards by adhering to Department for Transport publication ‘Local Transport Note 2/08 Cycle Infrastructure Design’.


Primary Evidence

The cycling strategies for Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton



5.28 The four local authorities have cycling strategies that identify proposed routes and facilities within their local cycle networks, which serve centres, public transport interchanges, local employment and facilities. These cycle infrastructure proposals will be funded through LTP allocations, which may attract match funding from other sources.

5.29 New cycle facilities will be provided through the development control process, either through direct provision by applicants in carrying out works or through making appropriate contributions as part of a Section 106 agreement made in line with Council’s Supplementary Planning Guidance on Planning Obligations or an updated Supplementary Planning Document.



Indicator   Target 
LOI TRAN4a - Increase in cycle use of monitored routes 1% increase in cycling
LOI TRAN4b - Implementation of missing links and overcoming barriers identified in the sub regional cycle network map. Increase % length implemented





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