The creation of an East Lancashire Strategic Cycleway Network was proposed in the East Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan, which was approved in February 2014. The masterplan sets out the transport priorities for East Lancashire including Blackburn with Darwen until 2021.

Priorities within the masterplan include:

  • Improving access to areas of economic growth and regeneration.
  • Providing better access to education and employment.
  • Improving people's quality of life.

Building an effective cycle network linking towns, employment sites and communities is identified in the masterplan as a key project to be taken forward.

In June 2015, £2.6m funding towards the creation of the cycleway was secured from the Lancashire Growth Deal through the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.  This is in addition to the local contributions of £3.0m from Lancashire County Council and £0.25m from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, with £5.85m approved in total towards the project.