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 group has submitted a response to North Yorkshire County Council’s call for Councillors and walking/cycling groups to prioritise routes for funding through the Emergency Active Travel fund. Unfortunately, this fund is not appropriate for the Endeavour Way route due to the size of the pot of money and when it needs to be spent. However, the group look forward to having a conversation with North Yorkshire County Council about working together to be ready to access appropriate funding when it becomes available. (July 2020)