Traffic jam, Harrogate
Traffic jam, Harrogate

9.1) Congestion Survey

The Harrogate Congestion Survey was held in 2019. It was partly designed to test local feelings about a bypass or so-called relief road that NYCC wanted to build. That was roundly rejected (78% of respondents).

Harrogate Relief Road rejected
Harrogate Relief Road rejected

77% of the 15,500 respondents said they were in favour of improved cycling and walking infrastructure.

Harrogate Congestion Survey
Harrogate Congestion Survey, walking and cycling answer

As a result of the Congestion Survey, there is a mandate for better active travel facilities.

9.2) TfN Decarbonisation Strategy

Transport for the North produced a Decarbonisation Strategy, which went to consultation from June 2021.

In the short term (up to 2030), it relies on mode shift and demand reduction to achieve necessary reductions. NYCC has no strategy to reduce car trips.

9.3) Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission Action Plan

The Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission produced its Climate Action Plan in November 2021.

It proposes:

  • 20 minute neighbourhoods
  • widespread delivery of ambitious, joined up plans for walking and cycling
  • minimising the need for private car ownership
  • switching to active or public transport

NYCC Council Leader Carl Les put his name to a Statement in Support of the Plan, but there is no NYCC strategy to implement the Plan.

A NYCC climate change strategy is due in Summer 2022 (i.e. now, the time of writing).

9.4) Emissions Reduction Pathways

WYCA and the York & N Yorkshire LEP published an Emissions Reduction Pathways document for the York and North Yorkshire region.

It says that transport is the biggest single source of greenhouse gases in the region, and the top priority is to reduce private car use through modal shift and demand reduction.

Graphic from Emissions Reduction Pathways
Graphic from Emissions Reduction Pathways

Under the Max Ambition pathway, private car use reduces by 48% by 2030.

Under the other two pathways, private car use reduces by:

  • 30% by 2030 and
  • 44% by 2038

Walking increases by 50% and there is a 9-fold increase in cycling.

These are big changes, but they have not even been communicated to North Yorkshire residents yet.

1) Introduction

This is the home page of the Active Travel England section, which contains the Introduction and links to all other pages in the section.

2) Attitude of the Highways Authority

Notes on the attitude of the highways authority, North Yorkshire County Council, and the way they approach active travel.

3) Cycle Infrastructure Design

The impact of LTN 1/20 Cycle Infrastructure Design in Harrogate, and the way it is applied (or not) by NYCC officers.

4) Housing Development

The active travel disaster zone that is recent and ongoing housing development in Harrogate District.

5) Projects

A brief overview of some current projects in Harrogate District, including Otley Road Cycleway and Station Gateway.

6) Junctions

This section highlights the issues which have not been addressed at four important junctions.


An analysis of the Harrogate & Knaresborough LCWIP, how (if) it is being used in practice to inform bids for fuding, and the work we are doing to try to make it more comprehensive.

8) Network Management Duty, School Streets, and 20mph

While other local authorities are forging ahead, there are no School Streets in Harrogate District. Insufficient progress is being made on the other actions to promote active travel set out in Network Management Duty guidance.

9) Congestion Survey

The 2019 Congestion Survey and the mandate it gave NYCC to pursue an active travel agenda. This section also includes a brief look at TfN's Decarbonisation Strategy, the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission's Climate Action Plan, and the York and N Yorkshire Emissions Reduction Pathways.

10) Solutions

Solutions to the problems with NYCC's active travel programme.