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WBC success in securing technical expertise from DfT to help deliver LCWIP's

Wokingham Borough Council have been successful in a competitive bidding process to secure technical expertise from the Department for Transport (DfT) to help deliver a new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, these are known as LCWIP’s. 

What's LCWIP we hear you say? Well it’s a planning document that identifies gaps in the walking and cycling network, of which there are quite a few in Wokingham Borough. The technical support from the DfT will help the Council prioritise what should be done and where to get the greatest impact, using some new computer models and data analysis. What this means is that we will end up with a prioritised plan for developing the walking and cycling network for the coming years.  This plan is likely to highlight routes that connect town centres, schools, businesses and places of leisure. We very much hope that all the routes highlighted by this process are all likely to be at the scale suitable for walking or cycling, so we hope to list lots of smaller deliverable schemes.

Of course this is just the planning process and there will still be the need to fund the routes. The routes do need to have some practicality to them, like is there enough space to deliver something? The development of a LCWIP will provide the evidence or the “business case” for making such decisions. Never-the-less recognition by the DfT that Wokingham Borough is a good place to invest time and technical expertise to improve officer capacity and to provide the basis for a solid future plan is good news!