The professional services and civil engineering consultants will be providing technical support, across a two-year period, to an initial 35 Local Authorities across England through a Department for Transport funded support framework.
The development and creation of LCWIP's are an important part of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which aims to increase cycling and walking by making them the natural choices for shorter journeys or part of a longer journey.
WSP has brought together a combined team of technical expertise from across WSP, Phil Jones Associates, Mott MacDonald and academic support from the University of West England, Bristol.
The WSP team have been appointed to the project by DfT following their previous work on the draft LCWIP guidance and through their combined experience in network planning for cycling and walking.
The 35 authorities stretch from North Tyneside to the Isle of Wight and from Cornwall to Essex and the WSP team will use its expert knowledge and existing relationships with many of the successful local authorities to support the development of the plans over the next two-years.
Nigel Wilkinson, WSP Development Technical Director said: “This is a significant win for WSP and our partners and we are delighted to be working with DfT and the 35 successful local authorities to develop their first local cycling and walking infrastructure plans.
“This will be the first time that network planning for walking and cycling will be developed through a structured and evidence based approach which will become the norm for network planning for the future.
“This will be a challenging commission but we have brought together a strong team, including those involved in the drafting of the original guidance along with key technical experts in cycling and walking which will help us to provide Authorities with the support they require to deliver these ambitious proposals.”
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The full list of successful authorities includes: Bedford, Bracknell-Forest Council, Cheshire East, Cornwall, Essex County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Hampshire County Council, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent County Council, Lancashire Blackburn & Darwen and Blackpool Councils, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Liverpool City Region, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Tyneside, Northamptonshire County Council, Nottingham City Council (D2N2 LEP Area), Peterborough City Council, Plymouth, Poole & Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Wokingham & West Berkshire Councils, Rutland County Council, Sheffield, Slough, Somerset County Council, Staffordshire County Council, Stevenage Borough Council & Hertfordshire County Council, Surrey County Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Warrington, West Sussex County Council, Wiltshire, Wokingham.
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