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Cash injection of £64m for cycling and walking to work

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced £64 million in funding to encourage more people to cycle and walk to work.

The funding will support local projects over three years from 2017 to 2020, said the government.

This cash forms part of a wider government package of more than £300 million to boost walking and cycling during this Parliament.

The administration has said it aims to make such activities part of everyday life and walking and cycling the “natural choice for shorter journeys”.

The money aims to deliver:

  • More safety and awareness training for cyclists;
  • Extra secure cycle storage;
  • Bike repair and maintenance courses;
  • Road safety measures;
  • Mapping information for pedestrians;
  • Real-time bus information through smart phone apps or information at bus stops; and
  • Increased focus on car sharing clubs.

Jones said: “We are committed to improving how people travel and this investment will ensure that people’s journeys are cheaper, safer and better for the environment. It will help people to become more active and better transport planning will reduce congestion on our roads – particularly at peak times.

“This investment will also help people access jobs, education and training – specifically targeting those looking to get back into work, as part of our relentless drive to make this a country that works for everyone.”

Stephen Joseph, chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We strongly welcome this announcement of the access fund projects and the new cycling and walking to work fund. The evidence suggests that these kinds of projects can remove barriers to work, help local communities and businesses and also tackle local transport problems by giving people attractive alternatives to car use.”

All English authorities outside of London were invited to apply for a share of the £60 million Sustainable Travel Access Fund 2017 to 2020. Twenty-five local authorities were successful in their bids, including Brighton and Hove Council, Devon County Council, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council, Nottingham City Council (a joint bid with Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council), and Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Three combined authorities will get a share of £3.8 million from the Cycling and Walking to Work Fund: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Liverpool City Region, and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

A map showing recipients of both funds can be found here.

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