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Active Travel Fund - A183 Whitburn Road - Two-Way Cycle Lane

July 2021 - update

Following approval at Sunderland City Council Cabinet in June 2021, the council is inviting residents to give feedback on proposals for a new two-way segregated cycle lane along the A183 Whitburn Road.

If plans go ahead, the project will use existing space to separate pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, while maintaining the two-way flow of traffic along the seafront.

The council has secured funding from the Department for Transport to improve the cycling facilities along the A183 Whitburn Road, which will be used to deliver the scheme.

Separating cyclists and pedestrians and installing a number of new pedestrian crossings will enable more people to safely access key recreational hotspots like Roker Park and Cliff Park and help more visitors enjoy the city's natural assets like Roker and Seaburn beaches.

Encouraging cycling instead of driving is another step towards cutting Sunderland's carbon emissions, as the council and partners are committed to making the city carbon neutral by 2040.

The consultation is now live and will run until 6 August 2021.

To have your say on the project please follow the link below to the consultation webpage

May 2021 - scheme update

Following the design amendments previously made as a result of the public and stakeholder engagement, the design remains as is pending further approval. The current issue General Arrangement drawings can be seen in the PDFs below.

Active Travel - A183 Whitburn Road - drawing 1

Active Travel - A183 Whitburn Road - drawing 2

Active Travel - A183 Whitburn Road - drawing 3

The Road Safety Audit is currently underway and any subsequent design amendments will be made following completion of the Audit.

It is proposed that the council will take the project to the June 2021 Cabinet Committee to seek formal approval to deliver the scheme on site.

  1. If the scheme is granted formal approval from the Cabinet Committee:
    1. The council will notify the Department for Transport (DfT) of the outcome for the funding to be released
    2. The design team will then begin with the production of the construction works package and begin to engage with our in-house contractor to programme in the works
  2. If the scheme is rejected by the Cabinet Committee:
    1. The scheme will not be progressed, with notification issued to the DfT of the decision made

If you wish to discuss the matter in more detail please email

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