Transport North East

North East Active Travel Strategy Public Consultation

Boosting walking, wheeling and cycling

The North East Active Travel Strategy aims to ensure that over half of all short journeys in the region will be walked, wheeled or cycled by 2035 – good news for the environment, public health and the local economy.

The proposed strategy aims for active travel to become the natural first choice for short everyday trips and combine it with public transport for longer journeys. To achieve this, there would to be a 45% increase in active travel across the region.

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What is in the strategy?

The proposed North East Active Travel Strategy outlines plans for a major package of investments in the region’s walking, wheeling and cycling network totalling £500m.

The initial list of regional schemes up to 2035, is a live programme and is expected to grow over time.

Schemes included in the consultation draft of the strategy include:

  • The creation of a brand-new regional cycle network – with consistent signage and strong recognisable branding to make it easy to identify and use.
  • The introduction of a new regional cycle hire scheme (including e-bike hire) which would integrate with the local transport network.
  • The pedestrianisation and ‘walkability’ of local towns and cities, encouraging more active travel and increased footfall to amenities and businesses.
  • Social prescribing – working with NHS providers to prescribe more active travel to boost public health.

If over half of short journeys in the region are made by active travel by 2035, this would bring forward huge benefits including:

  • Growing our regional economy by approximately £350m a year
  • Reducing carbon emissions – potentially saving around 80,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year
  • Prevent around 1,000 premature deaths by 2035 – primarily due to increased physical activity levels
  • Improve connectedness of communities and reduce social isolation
  • Improve air quality and lower noise levels as congestion eases
  • Save petrol and diesel car drivers on average around £70 per year
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North East Active Travel Strategy

Read the proposed North East Active Travel Strategy by clicking below. Please contact us to request an alternative format.

Read and download the North East Active Travel Strategy

Listen to the Active Travel Strategy

To listen to the audio version. of the Active Travel Strategy simply click on the chapter links below.

Why are we consulting?

Transport North East, on behalf of the North East Joint Transport Committee, want to ensure that people who live or work in the region have the opportunity to influence our proposals. We would like to hear your views on the development of this new strategy.

The public consultation is your opportunity to be part of its development and have your say on its impact and content. In addition, we want to hear any suggestions you might have which will help to shape the final document.

You can read the Transport North East Consultation Principles here.

Public consultation

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There are many ways to share your views and be part of the consultation which are detailed below.

The public consultation is open from 4 January until midnight on 5 March 2023.

We would encourage as many people as possible to get involved which will help to shape the strategy. The final version will be published later in 2023 following public consultation and approval by the North East Joint Transport Committee.

A consultation feedback report will be published following publication of the strategy.

Should you have a question or require documents in an alternative format, please call 0191 433 2973 or email

North East Active Travel Strategy | Transport North East


Please take a moment to read the draft strategy and fill in the survey to share your views as part of the consultation.

The survey will close at midnight on 5 March 2023.

Read the survey Terms and Conditions here

Have your say

Rural active travel route | Transport North East

To hear more about the new draft strategy and plans to boost active travel, why not attend one of our online meetings or in person drop ins?

Four online meetings will run during the consultation to provide an overview presentation on the new strategy and a Q&A with the transport team. In person ‘drop ins’ will also take place across Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland in January and February 2023 should you have a question or want to find out more. Full details below.

In person drop ins

Please come along to a local drop in to find out more about the draft strategy, ask a question or leave your feedback. Drop ins will be taking place in January and February 2023.

  • 31 January 2023, 10am-2pm, Community Space, Metrocentre, Gateshead
  • 1 February 2023, 10am-2pm, Clayport Library, Durham
  • 8 February 2023, 10am-2pm, The Word, South Shields
  • 13 February 2023, 10am-2pm, Bishop Auckland Town Hall
  • 14 February 2023, 10am-2pm, Newcastle City Library, Newcastle city centre
  • 15 February 2023, 10am-2pm, Beacon Shopping Centre, North Shields town centre
  • 17 February 2023, 10am-2pm, Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham
  • 22 February 2023, 10am-2pm, Sunderland Winter Gardens, Sunderland city centre
  • 28 February, 10am-2pm, Alnwick Community Centre

Online consultation events

We will hold a number of online events throughout the consultation, which will offer an overview on the proposed strategy and an opportunity for members of the public and stakeholders to ask questions.

Each session will provide the same overview presentation, so please register to attend whichever session you find to be most convenient.

Online events will take place on Zoom on the following dates:
Thursday 2 February, 17:30 – 18:30
Saturday 11 February, 10:00 –11:00
Wednesday 22 February, 08:00 – 09:00
Tuesday 28 February, 12.30 – 13.30

Please register on Eventbrite if you would like to attend an online session and you will receive a link via email to access the virtual meeting.

If you have any questions or comments please call us on 0191 433 2973 or email

You can also write to us at:
Transport North East
C/o Gateshead Civic Centre
Regent Street