Have your say on updated plans to improve walking and cycling in Witney

People who live in or visit Witney are being asked for their views on detailed plans to encourage cycling and walking in and around the town.

Oxfordshire County Council has started its second consultation for the Witney Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), which will set out how to improve the town’s active travel network over the next 10 years.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “We are grateful to the people who took part in our previous consultation, and we would urge them – and others – to get involved again to see the plans in full, including more details about the proposed walking routes.

“Our aim is to prioritise active travel, such as cycling and walking, over road capacity for cars. Projects like this Witney LCWIP show practical ways that we can help people to reduce their reliance on cars for short journeys, and helps the council tackle climate action, improve air quality and create a healthier Oxfordshire.

“The feedback we receive from the public, from businesses and other organisations will help us make these proposals a success. We want as many people as possible to take part so we can develop a better connected active travel network.”

People can take part in the consultation, including the full document and maps of suggested routes within Witney and connections to neighbouring villages, at letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/witney-lcwip until 20 January.

LCWIPs help councils identify where transport infrastructure – such as cycleways and pedestrian crossings – should be implemented or improved to enable residents to cycle and walk safely and conveniently over the next 10 years. They also increase the chances of securing funds from the government and developers for active travel infrastructure.

If approved, the Witney plan would be the fourth LCWIP to be developed in Oxfordshire, following on from Oxford, Bicester, and Kidlington, while others are being proposed for Abingdon and Banbury.

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