Getting Scotland walking, wheeling and cycling

Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie, Cllr Angus Millar and the Glasgow City Council project team look at the design map Cllr Angus Millar and Minister for Transport Patrick Harvie look at the design map for the Connecting Battlefield Active Travel Project

As part of record active travel funding for 2023/24, the Scottish Government has launched extra investment to make walking, wheeling and cycling for everyday transport easier than ever before.

The Active Travel Transformation Fund will provide £20 million directly to Local Authorities, Regional Transport Partnerships and National Park Authorities – working in partnership with Transport Scotland – to deliver ambitious, construction-ready active travel infrastructure schemes across Scotland.

Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie announced the funding during a Scottish Parliament debate on Active Travel transformation, having visited Glasgow City Council's Connecting Battlefield project earlier in the day. Mr Harvie said:

“I am delighted to announce our latest £20 million investment through the Active Travel Transformation Fund. We’ve worked closely with local authorities to ensure this new approach works for them – making it easier to deliver more ambitious infrastructure projects faster than ever before.

“Later this summer, Scotland will be the cycling centre of the world with the first ever cycling world championships being hosted here. I want to make sure that the excitement around those elite events is matched by our ambition for everyday walking, wheeling and cycling. That is why I am just as excited about what we can do to deliver more safe, segregated and accessible infrastructure and make it easier for more people to do so.

“This is all part of our record funding for active travel in 2023/24 and we remain committed to investing at least £320 million or 10% of the transport budget for active travel by 2024/25.”

COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“Councils across Scotland are committed to meeting our net zero targets and recognise that creating a more sustainable transport network is key to that.

“These projects demonstrate local authorities’ commitment to and key role in the journey to net zero. They will also create benefits for public health and for local economies. COSLA looks forward to increased funding in future years that enables these great projects to be taken forward in all communities.”

Glasgow City Council and Convener for Transport Councillor Angus Millar said:

“It’s great to see the Scottish Government backing our plans to deliver safe and comprehensive active travel infrastructure for Glasgow.

“All of our projects aim to provide improved public spaces that support active travel and public transport so we can move away from relying on the vehicles that fuel climate change.

“The push to develop the Connecting Battlefield project, in particular, will ensure safer, segregated cycling infrastructure all the way from the community, along the South City Way and into the city centre.

“It is connections like these that are crucial for the growth of Glasgow’s City Network for active travel and making active travel and public transport more attractive options for everyday journeys across the city.”


The new £20 million fund is on top of existing funds such as Cycling Walking Safer Routes with an annual budget of £35 million and ongoing support for Sustrans Scotland's Places for Everyone programme. The Active Travel Transformation Fund focuses on helping local authorities build up capacity and pace to make sure increased investment is resulting in change on the ground.

The following is a list of partners supported through the Active Travel Transformation Fund for 2023/24. The funding allocated to partners might be subject to further scrutiny in advance of issuing a formal award letter.


2023/24 Construction Ready Projects

Bid Value (£,000)

Project Type


The City of Edinburgh Council

Picardy Place Public Space


Cycleways, footway improvements, public realm.


Tram Safety Improvements at Haymarket Junction


Cycle safety, traffic signals.


City Centre West East Link (CCWEL) - Melville Crescent


Cycleways, footway improvements, public realm.


Glasgow City Council

Pitt Street


Cycleways, footway improvements, crossings, public realm.


Connecting Battlefield - Accelerated delivery of first section to extend South City Way to New Victoria Hospital


Cycleways, crossings, footway improvements, bus stop improvements.


North East Active Travel Route (NEATR)


Active travel connections, crossings.


Renfrewshire Council

North Renfrewshire Active Travel (Phase 3 - Red Smiddy Roundabout to Southolm Roundabout Erskine and Park Mains High School Footbridge on A726)


Cycleways, footway improvements.


AMIDS South - Gallowhill


Active travel links.


Hawkhead Estate to Seedhill Road active travel link


Active travel links.


Paisley to Renfrew Active Travel Route


Active travel links.


North Lanarkshire Council

Motherwell Station Active Travel Links Phase 1c


Active travel links.


Alexander Street, Wishaw - Active Travel  Improvements


Active travel links.


A73 Carlisle Road, Airdrie, Active Travel Improvements


Active travel links, better crossings.


Stirling Council

Cowie to Bannockburn Footpath


New footway.


Smiddy Path (part of Aberfoyle to Stirling route)


Active travel links.


Fallin to Stirling NCN Improvements


New access points, better surfaces.


Aberfoyle Safe & Resilient Route to School


New footpath.


Carbeth West Highland Way Improvements


New footpath.


Core path and major walking route upgrades


Core path improvements.


Accessible Barriers Programme


Barrier removal.


East Renfrewshire Council

A77 Active Corridor – Phase 2


Cycleways, footway improvements.


Cairngorms NPA

Dulnain Bridge to Grantown on Spey NMU


Active travel links.


The Highland Council

Beauly to Inverness (Phase 2)


Active travel link.


Scottish Borders Council

Eddleston to Midlothian Phase 2


Multiuse path extension.


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

Willowglen – Active travel accessibility Improvements


Traffic calming, crossings.


North Street – Active Travel Continuity Project


New footway.


Habost Phase 3 Final Section – Active travel Pedestrian Pathway


New footpath.


UHI Outer Hebrides – Active travel accessibility Improvement


Traffic calming, new footpath.


Shetland Islands Council

Baltasound Leisure Centre


New footpath.


Moorfield Ring Road, Brae


New footpath.


A970 South Road Roundabout


New footpath.


Gardentown Road, Symbister


New footpath.


A970 Gulberwick Heathery Park


New footpath.


A970 Gulberwick Hillside


New footpath.


East Dunbartonshire Council

Regent Gardens Kirkintilloch Town Centre Links Project


Traffic calming, public realm.


West Dunbartonshire Council

Kilbowie Rd Clydebank




Clackmannanshire Council

Alva to Menstrie – (Alva Academy Link) Phase 2


Active travel link.




Published 6 Jun 2023 Tags