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Active travel could add more than £7bn to public purse

Words: Laura Edgar
Sustrans report

Overhauling the National Cycle Network so that it is open to more people – including those who face mobility challenges – could generate £7.6 billion in benefits to the public purse every year.

So says walking and cycling charity Sustrans, which has launched the first review of the 23-year-old, 16,575-mile network. Sustrans owns 500 miles of it.

Paths for Everyone considers the current state of the network, and outlines a plan to make it traffic-free and tackle physical problems. These include poor surfaces and barriers that prevent access for prams and adapted bikes.

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