Active Travel England – We are delivering on the government’s commitment to boost walking, wheeling and cycling across the country to give everyone a healthy, safe and carbon-neutral choice to get around.
What we do at Active Travel England
As the Department for Transport’s newest executive agency, Active Travel England has been set up following the government’s unprecedented commitment of £2 billion for walking, wheeling and cycling, and comes in the wake of the ambitious Gear Change strategy to transform active travel.
As well as approving and inspecting schemes to enable active travel, Active Travel England will support local authorities, train staff, and spread good practice in design, implementation and public engagement.
It will be a statutory consultee on major planning applications to ensure that the largest new developments properly cater for pedestrians, cyclists, and people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Why we’re excited at Active Travel England
We might be one of the youngest executive agencies in the government sector, but we are thinking big and aiming high. We want no less than to create a new golden age for walking, wheeling and cycling in which everyone has a genuine choice to travel actively and make their neighbourhood a better place. By 2030, we want half of all journeys in towns and cities to be undertaken by active travel, as set out in the ‘Gear Change’ vision.
Opportunities to join Active Travel England
To deliver on this ambition and make a real difference, we are building a diverse and talented team. There are many exciting opportunities to join our growing organisation, where we want everyone to feel proud of our inclusive working environment, and you’ll be working closely with an experienced leadership team who are passionate about what they do and always eager to learn more.
We’re hiring now, so why not look at the opportunities available?
A welcoming and diverse place to work
At Active Travel England we are putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of our decision making, in our people and in the people whose lives we can affect.
‘Gear Change’ outlines the step-change we want and need in walking and cycling in the coming years. The challenge is huge, but the ambition is clear. We have a unique opportunity to transform the role walking and cycling can play in our transport system and get England moving differently. And it’s not just about walking and cycling. We’re adding “wheeling” to active travel to be clear that we are inclusive of those who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters and other walking aids too.
Our ability to enable people to walk, wheel and cycle requires routes and infrastructure that are accessible to all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability and do not create hazards for vulnerable pedestrians, as well as policies and initiatives that engage people from different communities.
Our success in getting this right relies on us employing people with first-hand experience of the barriers faced by diverse groups within our communities. We see your background as a positive benefit and provide you the opportunity to bring that experience into your work. If our mission is as important to you as it is to us, we’d love to hear from you.
Where we’re based
Active Travel England will be headquartered in York with a small number of regionally based roles.