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.

Urban pedestrian walkway and cycle hub | Transport North East

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. A public consultation was held between 4 January 2023 until 5 March.

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

Cycle Super Highway | Transport North East

The public consultation was open from 4 January until midnight on 5 March 2023 and has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views on the proposals 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


The public consultation survey closed on 5 March 2023. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Read the survey Terms and Conditions here

Thank you for your views

Rural active travel route | Transport North East

Four online meetings were held during the consultation to provide an overview presentation on the new strategy and a Q&A with the transport team.

In person ‘drop ins’ also took place across Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland in January and February 2023.

Thank you to everyone who got involved and shared views as part of the public consultation.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or comments on the strategy which is in development, 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