Roads engineers are looking a road improvement projects across West Lothian as part of a £1m plan to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
West Lothian Council’s Environment PDSP discussed a range of projects identified by councillors . Most of the work identified is the installation of crossing points but almost £350, 000 has been earmarked for creating footpaths and pavement across the county.
At its meeting on 23 June 2020, the council Executive approved a budget of £801,000 to deliver schemes relating to cycling, walking and safer streets and active sustainable travel.
This budget is linked to the Cycling Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) grant funding awarded to West Lothian Council from the Scottish Government for the financial year 2020/21.
The conditions of the grant funding stipulate that it must be spent by 31 March 2021 and a number of projects were previously identified to achieve spend to the value of the grant.
However, with resources diverted to deal with the design and implementation of social distancing measures on the road network, the progress of a number of schemes has been limited.
Armadale to Whitburn Cyclepath is currently under construction and will be completed this financial year. 50 per cent of the out-turn cost for this project will be funded through the CWSS grant funding.
It is therefore proposed that further schemes be identified to help officers manage the delivery of projects and ensure that the full grant of £801,000 can be claimed.
The work comes as Friends of the Earth Scotland revealed Transport is Scotland’s largest source of climate emissions and levels haven’t barely changed since 1990.
Over half of all journeys are made by driving a car or van (53 per cent, up from 48 per cent in 2012). Sixty-eight per cent of people usually travelled to work by car or van, either as a driver (63 per cent) or passenger (5 per cent).
On a more positive note 47.6 per cent of journeys were under two miles were made on foot, a 4.6 per cent rise from 2018.