This consultation has now closed.

Feedback from the consultation will help inform our final plan.



Background

We are developing a plan to help identify long term cycling and walking improvements in Chichester City centre and the surrounding area.

Whether it's a quick trip to the shop or a visit to the local park, the commute to work or journey to school, the Chichester City Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan aims to identify ways in which travel routes in and around the city can be made safer and easier for people who cycle and walk, including for those using wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters. In turn, this will enable and encourage more active travel.

We are one of a partnership of local authorities delivering Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans across West Sussex. Over the last year, our officers have been working hard to develop a plan that, once adopted, will inform both the Local Plan Review and future investment decision-making by the agencies responsible for planning, roads and pathways. It will also help when bidding for grant funding and supports the Government's strategy to increase the number of walking and cycling journeys, especially following lockdown.


View the draft plan

You can find the full draft Chichester City Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan here — please see section 6 of the plan (p39-50) for detailed proposals, and further information is available in the individual Appendices.

Quick view maps

The plan includes a range of maps showing the walking and cycling improvements. These are useful to provide a quick overview of the walking and cycling improvements being suggested and so we have also made them available to view seperately here. 

Walking improvement maps

 

 

Cycling improvement maps

The plan suggests improvements for the nine cycling routes below:

  • Route A: From north Chichester, via Lavant Road/Broyle Road, to Northgate roundabout with a link to Chichester Festival Theatre.
  • Route B: From Lavant Road, via north Chichester, linking to the University and connecting to Oaklands Way.
  • Route E: From North Mundham to the south-east of Chichester, crossing over A27 near Bognor roundabout, and connecting to Market Avenue in Chichester.
  • Route F: From N Mundham, via Chichester Free School and crossing
  • over A27 near Hunston roundabout, linking to Kingsham Primary School/Whyke Road and Kingsham Road.
  • Routes G and H: Connecting Donnington, via either Chichester Canal path or Stockbridge Road, to Chichester railway station.
  • Route K: From west Chichester, linking Fishbourne Road East to Westgate, via a shared use bridge over the railway.
  • Route N: From north-east Chichester, linking Barnfield Drive and residential areas, via Westhampnett Road/St Pancras, to the New Park Road area of Chichester.
  • Route Q: Route forming a link between Route K and railway station via Chichester College.
  • Core area: The central area of Chichester within the ring-road including The Hornet/St Pancras

You can find the maps relating to each route here.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

For more information and background to this consultation, we have developed a range of Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Q. What is a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)?

A. A LCWIP is a 10 year plan for developing walking and cycling infrastructure (for example, new route sections and/or improvements to existing footpaths and cycle paths).

A LCWIP typically includes:

  • Plans for local walking and cycling networks;
  • A prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements (in our case, this is being done in partnership with West Sussex County Council as part of a county-wide project that will be completed by October 2020), and;
  • The evidence that has been used to inform the choice of routes and improvements identified.

It also outlines broad estimated costings for the delivery of each improvement or improvement route.
 

Q. Why has the council produced a LCWIP?

A. We know that green transport is something our residents, workers and visitors are very passionate about, and as a council, we are too. We want to help make the use of cycle paths and footpaths safer and easier for people, including for those using wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters, and to encourage more active journeys.

As a council, we are one of a partnership of local authorities delivering Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans across West Sussex. By working with West Sussex County Council and other partners, we're aiming to provide high quality improvements at a local level to ensure Chichester City is a place where cycling and walking are the preferred choices for shorter trips and to access public transport.

The Government has set out its ambition to make cycling and walking a natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey, by 2040 in its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS), and The Department for Transport (DfT) has an expectation that local authorities will develop LCWIPs for their areas.

The Department for Transport has indicated that authorities that adopt a LCWIP will be better placed to bid for relevant grant funding in the future. We want to be ready for this opportunity.


Q. What areas does the Chichester City LCWIP cover and why?

A. The plan covers the area of Chichester City and its links to the adjacent parishes. Please refer to the plan map here.

This area was chosen in line with guidance from The Department for Transport,

and following discussions with West Sussex County Council (as the Highway Authority) and our expert consultants.


Q. What are the benefits of the plan?

A. The plan aims to encourage more journeys by walking and cycling, which will improve public health. It will also help to tackle congestion in the city and assist with improving air quality. When applying for grant funding to implement improvements, the plan will also make our bids more competitive.

 

Q. What will the plan be used for?

A. Once adopted, the plan will inform both the Local Plan Review and future investment decisions by the agencies responsible for planning, roads and pathways.

It will also help when bidding for grant funding and supports the Government's strategy to increase the number of walking and cycling journeys, especially following lockdown.

 

Q. What has been done to develop the plan so far?

A. Over the last year, our officers have been working hard to develop the plan. With the help of leading consultants, a comprehensive audit of current pedestrian pathways and cycle routes in the Chichester area has been carried out. Existing routes in and out of the city were also assessed.

We have been consulting with many local groups, including: local cycling and walking groups, residents' groups, elected members, local businesses, West Sussex County Council, parish councils, and the Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) to get feedback on where improvements are needed to walking and cycling infrastructure.

As a result of all this work, a selection of walking and cycling improvements have been identified and a plan drafted, and we are now running a public consultation from Friday 18 September to 19 October 2020 to understand people's views on the topic and the plan itself.


Q. How can I have my say on the plan?

We'd like to hear your thoughts on the plan and its proposals, and you can get involved as much or as little as you want to.

To have your say, please take part in our survey between 18 September to 19 October 2020, and complete the sections that interest you. We will add a link here as soon as the survey is live.

The survey has three key areas:

  1. A section to find out how you currently travel in and around Chichester, and whether walking and cycling infrastructure improvements would encourage you to walk or cycle on more short trips.

  2. A section giving you the opportunity to comment on the current infrastructure for walking, and the types of walking improvements suggested in the plan, including for those using wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters.

  3. A section giving you the opportunity to comment on the current cycling infrastructure and the cycling improvements suggested in the plan. You can also choose to comment on as many of the nine suggested routes as you want to.

 

Q. What is the next step for the plan and what is the timescale?

A. Once the consultation has been completed and feedback is analysed and considered, the aim is for the updated plan to be adopted in early 2021.

The routes listed in the plan represent high level ideas that will be subject to further work. This will include: feasibility studies, detailed design, and identification of funding opportunities.

 

Q. Which routes aren't covered by the Chichester LCWIP?

A. Not all possible routes are covered by the plan as some are being developed by third parties such as developers, Highways England and WSCC.

The routes in the Chichester LCWIP have been selected because they have been identified as benefiting the greatest number of people, enabling links between key destinations. For information about why Chichester City was selected, please see the FAQ relating to the area covered by this plan.



Q. How does the Chichester City LCWIP link to the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) LCWIP?
A. WSCC has produced a county-wide LCWIP to help deliver its Walking and Cycling Strategy (2016-2026). The WSCC plan focuses on six primary cycle route corridors, of which two terminate in Chichester City. It has concentrated on longer inter-community cycle routes. Our Chichester City plan, however, will concentrate on local routes in the city and its links to adjoining parishes.
 


Q. Chichester District Council is not a Highway Authority, so why has it produced the LCWIP?
A. As a council, we are responsible for land-use planning, which includes allocation of land across the district for a range of uses. This is outlined in the Local Plan, and in the emerging Local Plan Review. Infrastructure planning is a key part of this work.

Once adopted, the plan will be used to help inform the Local Plan Review and related policies.

 

Q. Who is going to pay for the proposed infrastructure?
A. LCWIPs are likely to be funded from a variety of sources, including: external grants, third parties, West Sussex County Council, Highways England, and contributions from developers. This includes Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) funding from central government, as well as any future support as part of the Government's revised Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) expected to be announced later in 2020.

 

Q. How will the LCWIP be integrated into the emerging Local Plan Review?
A. Once adopted, the plan will be used to help inform the Local Plan Review and related policies.
 

Q. How does the LCWIP tie in with the WSCC Local Transport Plan?
A. The Chichester City LCWIP is just one part of the council's wider plans and ambitions for creating and improving active travel routes.

These wider ambitions are included within the West Sussex County Council Local Transport Plan. These are known as the Sustainable Transport Package (STP) and the Local Transport Investment Package (LTIP).

 

Q. What work does the council currently do to promote cycling and walking?

A. As part of our Air Quality Action Plan, we promote cycling and walking where possible. In particular, when we are consulted about applications for new developments, we make recommendations relating to cycling infrastructure.

 

Q. Is there a glossary of terms used in the LCWIP?

A. Yes, you can find a glossary with explanations and picture examples of the improvements here.

 

Q. Where can I find more information?

A. The LCWIP forms part of the work we are doing around our Air Quality Action Plan. You can find more information about this on air quality page. 

 

Q. I want to take part in the survey but would like a paper copy. How do I get one?

A. People can request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing letstalk@chichester.gov.uk