Working group formed to look at sustainable transport

Headteacher Maurice Hall and students Molly McDonald, Isaac Mills, George Dodds and Mark Wilson at the turf cutting ceremony for the new high school in Alnwick. 'Picture Jane Coltman
Headteacher Maurice Hall and students Molly McDonald, Isaac Mills, George Dodds and Mark Wilson at the turf cutting ceremony for the new high school in Alnwick. 'Picture Jane Coltman
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A working group has been created to assess the current state of sustainable transport provision in and around Alnwick.

The building of the new high school, which started earlier this year and is due to open in 2016, is set to change the town’s layout and such alterations provide the opportunity to look to how the area will look in the future and how people can move about.

In a report to members of Alnwick Town Council, Coun Martin Swinbank said: “This is a good time to open a new level of thinking for more sustainable provision in and around Alnwick.

“The town council has limited resources to allocate to this kind of project so the proposal to bring in volunteers with expertise, enthusiasm, local knowledge and time available seems sensible.

“The kind of strategy we are seeing developed under the Local Transport Plan seems to lack coherence and detail at our local level.

“We would seek to create a holistic plan for Alnwick and its immediate area in conjunction with all interested parties, so that sustainable transport provision links together, forming a network. We need a strong and coherent voice in Alnwick on these kinds of strategic issues.”

Suggestions include the introduction of cycle links, particularly from residential areas to schools.

The group wants to work with other interested parties. A date has not been set for the first meeting. Recommendations made by the group will be taken back to full council.