Scheme design development

Information on the designs for cycling, walking and wheeling routes and infrastructure we are developing in the Westmorland and Furness area.

Scheme feasibility and design development of routes and infrastructure identified in our:

North Walney Active Travel Scheme (ATF3)

The Council have been awarded funding through the Active Travel Fund 3 (ATF3) to develop and deliver a 2.3km cycling, walking and wheeling route on North Walney, Barrow-in-Furness.

Starting at Earnse Bay, the route follows West Shore Road and Trent Vale before running through Vickerstown Park and re-joining the highway at the Jubilee Bridge junction with the Promenade.

The route provides a continuous, safe, direct and attractive active travel link for residents of North Walney facilitating access to the town centre and providing a link to residential areas, schools and the new Earnse Bay Community Hub.

Barrow active travel vision plan, showing how the three different planned section to make one cycle-able route crossing the town from Walney coast in the west to  route  Park drive on Abbey Road in the East.

There was a public consultation on the concept or emerging preliminary designs for the scheme between the 19 May and 9 June 2023. We have analysed the responses and summarised the results in the North Walney Consultation Report (PDF , 708KB)

The preliminary designs have been finalised in the North Walney route plan (PDF , 3.4MB)

We are making detailed designs for the scheme, we aim start construction in Summer 2024.  We cleared vegetation in February 2024.

Abbey Road Active Travel Scheme, Barrow-in-Furness (ATF3 / #Brilliant Barrow Town Deal)

We have been awarded funding through the Active Travel Fund 3 (ATF3) and the #Brilliant Barrow Town Deal to develop and deliver improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness.

The improvements between Ramsden Square and Park Drive will provide a safe and continuous active travel route through the town centre, connecting major employers, shops and facilities to surrounding residential areas.

There was a public consultation on the emerging preliminary designs for the scheme between the 19 May and 9 June 2023.

Feedback was sought on designs for two options (A and B). Following the consultation a preliminary design based on Option A, whereby the proposals place new uni-directional cycle lanes mainly in the existing footway space, was endorsed by Council members.

Responses to the consultation have been analysed and summarised in the Abbey Road Consultation Report (PDF , 576KB).

The preliminary designs have now been finalised in the Abbey Road route plan (PDF , 8.7MB)

We are currently making detailed designs for the scheme with the aim of starting construction in Autumn 2024. We cleared vegetation in February 2024.

Bridge Road and Michaelson Road, Barrow-in-Furness (ATF2)

The scheme on Bridge Road and Michaelson Road (funded by the Active Travel Fund 2) was opened in Autumn 2022, with further improvements made in Winter 2022.

The scheme has introduced lightly segregated infrastructure and alterations to bus stops, with the inclusion of bus stop bypasses where possible.

There are also improved facilities for pedestrians, including enhancements to the existing Michaelson Road crossing and an additional signalised crossing on Bridge Road.

The introduction of a raised table at the Farm Street junction also serves as a traffic calming measure and safe crossing point. 

Safer school streets

School Streets is a national initiative which introduces a temporary restriction on traffic, making roads outside schools into pedestrian and cyclist zones at peak times during term time.

The roads covered by a school street restriction become a walking/wheeling, scooting, and cycling zone. Traffic is restricted for up to an hour at school drop-off and pick-up times in the morning and afternoon. Local residents and emergency vehicles are exempt from the restriction.

In 2021 we (then Cumbria County Council) undertook a six-month trial, implementing experimental Traffic Regulation Orders outside five schools in Cumbria. Schools within the Westmorland and Furness Area included Askam Village Primary School, Askam-in-Furness and Sir John Barrow School, Ulverston.

The trial for Sir John Barrow School was successful with a permanent Traffic Regulation Order being put in place.