The Covid 19 pandemic together with the urgent need to address the climate emergency has highlighted the importance of constructing the Endeavour Way as part of considering a major revision in respect to transport provision.
The Endeavour Way provides a sustainable 9km active travel route as an alternative to private vehicle and public transport use between the communities of Great Ayton and Stokesley in the Hambleton District of north east Yorkshire.
The main features of the route being the replacement of an existing 3 km footpath link between Stokesley and Great Ayton with a new dual use cycle and footpath and a link to Great Ayton railway station. This ties in with the Government’s commitment to increase cycling, with an ambition to make cycling and walking the natural choice for all shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey.
In order to move forward with the plans for the Endeavour Way, a new sub-group of the Stokesley and Community Partnership has been set up. The group is called the Public and Active Transport – Stokesley and Villages (PAT) group and in the long term it will have a wider remit than the Endeavour Way. Representatives from the Climate Action Stokesley and Villages group sit on the PAT group.
The PAT group are delighted to be able to share the following statement from North Yorkshire County Council:
“North Yorkshire County Council are currently seeking a quote from our framework consultancy partner WSP to review the ‘Stokesley and Villages Regeneration Group Cycle-ways Report’ from 2010 and other associated documents. The objective of this task is to assess the views within this report ensuring that the latest cycle infrastructure design guidance is applied and current issues, constraints and opportunities are evaluated. The scope of the work will also look at potential pedestrian and cycle connections to Guisborough (this route is not in the cycle-ways study) as this would provide a link into a potential Tees Valley Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) scheme between Guisborough and Nunthorpe. Identifying synergies with other projects will aid future success.
If the quote is satisfactory, WSP will undertake an audit of the routes between Stokesley, Great Ayton, Nunthorpe and Guisborough in line with LCWIP guidance, applying the latest transport appraisal tools to inform recommendations. By looking at key trip attractors, socio-demographic and socio-economic data we can also begin to understand realistic future usage of the proposed routes with respect to both leisure and commuting trips. This data will also let us look at, albeit high level, the predicted benefits of the scheme.
Given it has been ten years since the initial cycle-ways report it is important to review this document in line with current guidance. The above work will bring about an opportunity to tell a bigger story which will help when trying to secure funding and move forward with next steps.”
Once we have confirmation that the options appraisal is going ahead and know more about what the process will involve, we will let you know.
We see this as a great step forward to being able to secure funding for a safe route between Great Ayton and Stokesley. (updated November 2020)
Caryn Loftus, Co-ordinator Public and Active Transport – Stokesley and Villages