North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, have recently submitted a bid for Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The funding, expected to be in the region of £336,000, will be used to support two key initiatives:
- Continue the necessary temporary infrastructure along St. Peters Avenue and the central promenade in Cleethorpes as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19. Details of any changes are yet to be agreed but officers will engage with businesses and work with them to develop a solution for the months ahead.
- Progress improvements to the cycle infrastructure along the A46 Clee Road and Weelsby Road. It is proposed works will include the introduction of new protected on-road cycle lanes and amendments of junctions along the carriageway to make it easier and safer for people to cycle.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “I’m pleased we have been able to submit a bid to support businesses and residents as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and encourage more sustainable and active travel.
“Ensuring we can safely keep North East Lincolnshire open and allow for social distancing is vital. By having the infrastructure in place, we can reassure people while also supporting the recovery of our businesses and the wider economy.
“We’re pleased that some of this funding can be used to further support our long-term ambition to move towards more sustainable methods of transport and having the right infrastructure in place to support cyclists in feeling safe on the roads.”
Successful bids are expected to be announced in September, with works expected to take place later in the year.