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Rights of Way Improvement Plan


The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROW) is a statutory document that enables highways authorities to create a more modern access and rights of way network.

Walk, cycle, ride

Our current ROW is called Walk, Cycle Ride.

Our vision is to develop a high quality path network fit for 21St century travel, recreation and enjoyment. We will:

  • prioritise resources to focus on key access
  • improve paths which serve specific purposes and fulfil greatest demand such as important utility and recreation paths around communities
  • create vital links between and within access networks to provide a more comprehensive network where need is justified

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You can find out more information about the Walk, Cycle, Ride - draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2015-2018 consultation.

Access Prioritisation Project

This scheme aims to improve and promote the access network as a way of achieving sustainable, active and healthy communities.

The County Durham Local Access Forum came up with the original idea to include an 'under the microscope' study of the network in specific locations as an action in the ROW.

We worked with the LEAF and Natural England to develop this idea into an innovative project to enable us to strategically plan and deliver a path improvement programme. We commissioned the pilot project to consultants, and we worked together to create a method of calculating our priority paths for improvement in these specific areas.

The project's main aim is to see how future planning could help to best improve local paths for the benefit of existing and future residents to use and enjoy.

Phase 1

The project was successfully trialled in Peterlee and Spennymoor:

In January 2011, we published an article on the project in Countryside Recreation Network:

Phase 2

Since then we have developed the project further and in 2010/11 we worked in Durham City and Seaham:

This innovative new area of work has enabled us to identify paths for improvement using a sound evidence base, it has also helped us secure funding for improvements and strategically manage the access network.

Phase 3

Phase 3 of the project was in the south of the County. We have undertaken studies of the access network in Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and Shildon:

Contact us
Access and Rights of Way
03000 265 342
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Economic Development
  • Durham County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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