What is the purpose of this consultation?
Dumfries and Galloway Council, in partnership with Sustrans, has commissioned a study to investigate ways to increase active travel in the Annandale region.

This consultation will help us understand local community views, aspirations, and concerns around walking, cycling, and wheeling within the Annandale region. This feedback will be used to shape proposals being developed.

What is active travel?
Active travel means a mode of transport which involves physical activity to get from one place to another. It covers walking (including wheelchair use) and cycling and can include travel to and from the places we live, work, learn, visit and play.

  • Active travel has lots of benefits:
  • It’s good for your health.
  • It can be quicker than taking the car.
  • It can reduce congestion.
  • It cuts harmful air pollution.
  • It saves you money on fuel, running costs and parking compared to driving.
What is the scope of the Active Annandale project?

The study is divided into two areas:

  • Proposals for Annan town centre.
  • Connections from Annan to surrounding villages including Powfoot, Eastriggs, and Gretna.

A link to the former Chapelcross Power Station will be investigated later in anticipation of potential redevelopment of the site.

Who is involved in this project?
Dumfries and Galloway Council has commissioned civil engineering firm Narro Associates in partnership with Connected Transport Planning to lead on the Annan town centre work, and 2020 Consultancy who will lead the village study.
How is the study being funded?

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been awarded grant funding through Sustrans’ Places for Everyone Programme. The funding will be used to deliver a Feasibility and Concept Design for the Active Annandale project.

The aim of Places for Everyone is to create safer, more attractive, healthier, and inclusive places that are enjoyed by everyone in the community. This is done by increasing and diversifying the number of everyday journeys made by walking, wheeling, or cycling. Places for Everyone is funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland and is administered by Sustrans.

Sustrans is a registered charity that looks after over 12,000 miles of signed paths and routes that make up the National Cycle Network across the UK. These paths and routes are used for walking, wheeling, cycling, and exploring outdoors.

How can I take part in the consultation?
We need your views! There are several ways you can have your say on the Active Annandale project:

  • Project consultants will attend consultation events in Annan, Powfoot, Eastriggs, and Gretna. Local residents, businesses and community groups will have the chance to hear more about the project and discuss the study in greater detail. Details of these events will be published on our Facebook page and in the News section of this website.
  • An online survey will be published on this website in the News section. It will collate feedback from stakeholders on a range of topics that will shape the proposals developed during the project.
Cycling around Annan is dangerous due to traffic and limited space. How do you propose to make this safer to encourage usage?
The concept design will seek to identify walking and cycling routes through the town that best link people and place. A number of different methods will be considered to make the routes attractive to use with safety of all road users our greatest consideration. We use Transport Scotland’s Cycle by Design 2021 guidance to evaluate each route option to understand how the route is currently used and then consider how best the route should be developed.
It’s not possible to walk or cycle from the villages into Annan without being on the road, which is dangerous due to fast traffic and large vehicles. How will you make this safer?

The study is investigating all the potential options to deliver a safe, attractive, and coherent active travel route from the villages into Annan. This includes exploring:

  • Traffic-free paths
  • Shared use paths
  • Segregated cycle lanes
  • Quietways (routes where traffic is usually quieter)

This study is the first step in exploring what’s possible and getting the views of the local community. A further consultation exercise will take place in the Autumn that will include concept designs highlighting the proposed facilities for each route.

I don’t walk or cycle much. Can I still have my say?
Absolutely. Any resident, worker, or visitor to the Annandale region could be impacted by this project. The more feedback we have, the more likely the proposals put forward by the consultants will reflect the desires of the community. Each piece of feedback and each completed survey will be reviewed in detail. So, your feedback is crucial to the direction of the project.
What happens after this consultation?
The purpose of this consultation is to seek stakeholder views as part of the feasibility study into the proposed options. This will allow the future direction of the scheme to be determined. After the consultation, all comments will be reviewed and proposals will be progressed to allow concept designs to be produced.
How much will it cost to deliver the proposed routes?
We don’t know at this stage. However, as part of the feasibility study, high level costs will be provided to allow schemes to be prioritised. The outcome of the feasibility study should be available by the end of the 2023/2024 financial year.
When will proposals be constructed?

The purpose of the feasibility study is to understand what can and can’t be delivered. Following completion of this study, more funding and further design work will be required to provide more robust cost estimates. If and when proposals are ready to be progressed to a delivery stage, further consultation will be carried out. You can find out more about the stages of this project here. That’s why support at this stage of the project is vital to future delivery of Active Annandale.