Emergency cash for walking and cycling: Who’s getting what?

Nottingham City scoops the cash (and gets 11 out of 10)

Nottingham City Council has won funding for emergency measures to help people travel around Nottingham safely while public transport capacity is greatly reduced due to Covid-19. The £569,806 funding from the DFT’s Emergency Active Travel Fund will pay for measures to make streets safer to enable people to start walking and cycling, saving space on public transport for those who need it most.

Nottingham is a city with high public transport use and low car ownership (46% of Nottingham households don’t have access to a car [link]). Public transport is running up to one fifth of the normal capacity*.

Measures include –

  • widening pavements
  • creating protected cycle lanes on busy roads
  • preventing rat-running by creating low traffic neighbourhoods
  • bringing the popular School Streets initiative to Nottingham

Matt Turner from Pedals, Nottingham Cycle Campaign welcomed the news

“It’s a question of fairness. We must give people who don’t have a car a safe way of getting to work or to the shops.

Nottingham was awarded 112% of the funding that it bid for, rewarded by the Department for Transport for the quality and ambition of its bid (£569,806 out of a possible £510,000 in Tranche 1).

Link to Transport Nottingham news item about their bid
Link to the bid documents submitted by Nottingham City Council
Link to our blog post where we take a look at what’s in the bid

Nottinghamshire County comes bottom of the league

Neighbouring Nottinghamshire County Council didn’t fare so well, winning just 46% (£263,250 out of a possible £573,000 in Tranche 1), meaning they miss out on over £300,000. This puts them in the bottom 4 transport authorities in the country (75th place out of 78 when ranked by % awarded).

We don’t know what was in their bid as they haven’t published it anywhere (that we have been able to find).

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How was the % of funding decided?

The percentage of funding awarded was determined by how closely the bids matched the funding criteria and how ambitious they were. You can read more about the criteria in the ‘What can the money be used for?’ section of our previous blog post.

List of how much funding was allocated to each local authority (Department for Transport) – [link]


*Inferred from NCT advice to sit in the window seat only and leave a row between passengers [link]

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