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 was 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. Following the winding up of the Stokesley and Villages Community Partnership, in March 2022, the PAT group has come under the umbrella of the Climate Action Stokesley and Villages group.
Update – Friday 14th January 2022
An update has been provided by Alex Kay, Senior Transport Planning Officer, Highways and Engineering, North Yorkshire County Council following the Stokesley, Great Ayton Guisborough cycleway options appraisal undertaken last year.
The Public and Active Transport group will now be looking at the next steps following this update.
Update – Thursday 29th July 2022
The Public and Active Transport – Stokesley and Villages group are continuing to pursue funding opportunities but given the current climate and the costs of the scheme this was always going to be challenging but we have the plans/report in place to be responsive to any opportunities that may arise.
We are looking at opportunities to deliver some aspects of the scheme in Great Ayton (20mph zones) to make walking and cycling safer for visitors and residents. Plans are currently being assessed by the County Traffic Engineering Team.
A small start has been made with the addition of a cycle shelter at Great Ayton station. Climate Action Stokesley and Villages group, in conjunction with Friends of Great Ayton Station and Great Ayton Parish Council, applied for funding from Northern’s Customer and Community Investment fund for a cycle shelter at Great Ayton Station to replace the cycle lockers that had been vandalised a few years ago. The application was successful, and the shelter has now been installed.