PLANS for improving cycle parking in Prudhoe have been announced.

13 bike stands and hoops are proposed across the town centre and Prudhoe Transport Interchange.

The scheme forms part of Northumberland County Council-backed plans to increase walking and cycling.

In June 2020, the Northumberland Cycling and Walking Board developed a wide-ranging action plan to improve routes and infrastructure around the county, secure funding and increase marketing and education to promote active travel.

It came after only 13 per cent of all journeys in Northumberland were recorded to be made on foot or by bike - with a third of all trips covering a distance less than five kilometres.

County councillor Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South, said: “I welcome the investment into the town, it takes into account the new developments, changes in habits of many people who have now taken to riding bikes rather than using public or private transport.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen a big increase in the number of people working from home, and this looks to be the case into the future.

“I see the improvements helping people to shop locally and therefore, supporting local jobs, along with encouraging tourism into Prudhoe and protecting the environment.

“With the first public use electric car charging points installed in the town at the new retail park, we hope to have one near the town centre soon, these will also show our commitment to show Prudhoe is helping to improve the environment in a variety of ways.”

Mayor of Prudhoe Tracy Gilmore, a member of Prudhoe Town Council, added: “The additional cycle parking will be welcomed by many residents and visitors. This investment will help with the county council’s ambitious climate change plan.”