Tonbridge & Malling Active Travel Strategy - Cycle Routes Consultation

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is ambitious for the future. The Council believes the borough is a great place to live and work, but we want it to be better. We want active travel to play a greater role in our daily lives, for walking and cycling to be a natural choice for local journeys. A new Active Travel Strategy will assist the council and its partners including Kent County Council, to deliver infrastructure and other improvements to achieve support our ambition.    

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                 Image above: National Cycle Route 12 through Tonbridge Racecourse Sports Ground.

A motion adopted by full Council in July 2019 set out the “aspiration for Tonbridge and Malling to be carbon neutral by 2030". Changing the way we travel for local and longer journeys is a significant factor in working towards this ambition. We are too dependent upon private motorised vehicles that have negative implications for congestion and air quality. Together we can change the way we travel for the benefit of our health, wellbeing, and prosperity.

This consultation sets out a suggested network of cycle routes which aim to encourage cycling for short journeys or as part of multi-mode journeys (e.g., cycle and rail) in the four areas of Tonbridge, Kings Hill and West Malling, Borough Green, and the Medway Gap. The cycle route proposals will be informed by the feedback to this consultation and will then be included in the Active Travel Strategy which is expected to be published in 2022, this will replace the Council's current Cycling Strategy.

We are keen to hear your views on the proposed cycle routes, you can comment on any or all of these. Responses received to the consultation will be treated as confidential, and personal details will not be disclosed in publishing the outcomes. Data will be processed and held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2016 and Data Protection Act 2018. Please read our Privacy Notice

For any related queries, please e-mail: activetravel@tmbc.gov.uk.

Next Steps

  • 6 June 2022 - Final Active Travel Strategy presented to KCC & TMBC Joint Transportation Board
  • 30 May 2022 - Draft Active Travel Strategy presented to the TMBC Planning and Transportation Advisory Board
  • Summer 2022 - Final Active Travel Strategy adopted and published.

Background

In 2019 the Council commenced the preparation of a new Active Travel Strategy that will support the delivery of measures that encourage cycling and walking, which are required to support both future growth and existing communities. Having an up-to-date Strategy allows the Council to respond to government guidance and take advantage of funding opportunities as these become available.

We appointed consultants DHA in December 2019, initially to undertake a programme of walking and cycling route audits. The focus of the audits was to review and seek to further develop:

  • The borough's network of urban cycle routes,
  • Cycle routes connecting with potential future development sites,
  • Routes that are otherwise of benefit to the enhancement of the National Cycle Network, and
  • Walking infrastructure within Tonbridge, West Malling and Snodland town centres.

The audits were carried out in accordance with Stages 3 and 4 of the Department for Transport's (DfT) Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans technical guidance, and have taken into account cycle route design criteria which include directness, gradient, safety, connectivity and comfort. The cycle route audits are technical evidence and can be downloaded below for reference.

Consideration has also been given to engineering and land ownership constraints in preparing the audits. This work has been overseen by a steering group of officers with representation from Kent County Council highways and countryside access, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council planning and leisure services as well as neighbouring borough councils.

This consultation includes draft route proposals for cycle routes only, as achievable pedestrian improvements are relatively minor and, in many cases can be integrated with cycle route improvements. The final version of the Active Travel Strategy will include network plans for both walking and cycling, and a prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements. These proposals will be reviewed as required to support the progression of the Council's Local Plan.

This consultation has now closed. Feedback on the consultation and next steps, will be presented to the Tonbridge & Malling Planning and Transportation Advisory and Joint Transportation Boards. Further information can be found on the council's website.  

We want to hear your views.

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Timeline

  • Opened
    22 Apr 2022 at 16:00
  • Closed
    25 Apr 2022 at 08:00

Supporting Documents

  • Tonbridge Cycle Routes Audit
    A spreadsheet which outlines the cycle routes audit in Tonbridge. This is a supporting document and does not form part of the consultation.
  • Kings Hill and West Malling Cycle Routes Audit
    A spreadsheet which outlines the cycle routes audit in Kings Hill and West Malling. This is a supporting document and does not form part of the consultation.
  • Medway Gap Cycle Routes Audit
    A spreadsheet which outlines the cycle routes audit in the Medway Gap. This is a supporting document and does not form part of the consultation.
  • Borough Green Cycle Routes Audit
    A spreadsheet which outlines the cycle routes audit in Borough Green. This is a supporting document and does not form part of the consultation.