DPAG Active Travel Activities

January 2024
Dumfries Town Centre Active Travel Links Study

Transport consultants SYSTRA have been appointed by SWestrans and D&G Council to produce concept designs which will improve
safety and convenience for walking, wheeling and bike use in Dumfries town centre. The study aims to promote active travel by creating better public spaces, reducing congestion outside schools, and removing unnecessary vehicle trips being made through pedestrian areas. In certain locations, businesses can benefit from quicker loading times and enhanced outdoor frontages and seating.

DPAG supports schemes which make the town centre a better place in which to work or visit and are working to ensure public input into this process. Reduced congestion, cleaner air and attractive streets all help to support a thriving local economy by attracting visitors and investment. We are confident that the study will help deliver schemes which support our vision for the town set out in the Dynamically Different Dumfries Project Report.

The consultants are aware of other studies looking at flood protection and parking needs in Dumfries. These issues will not be the focus of this particular study. Any early findings from these other projects will be considered in the design process.

The study area is shown in the map below. The consultants are looking in particular at the streets and areas shown in blue. These locations have been identified by the Council as being priorities for improvement based on issues identified in the Dynamically Different Dumfries project.

A map showing the study area of work being undertaken by Systra, SWestrans and Dumfries and Galloway Council to assess options for improving active travel routes in the town centre.
Study area for active travel improvements in Dumfries town centre.

Introductory events are being held in February with key stakeholders after which concept drawings will be released for wider public consultation. Public events will be held for 3 weeks in March and the final recommendations presented by April.