£64m fund to encourage more cycling and walking

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The government is investing £64 million in an effort to encourage more people to cycle and walk to work.

All English transport authorities (outside London) were invited to bid for funding from the Sustainable Travel Access Fund. Twenty-five successful local authority bidders will each receive a share of the cash with two receiving £7m each.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones confirmed that the funding will support local projects over three years from 2017 to 2020.

He 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 is a country that works for everyone.”

According to the Government, the funding could lead to:

  • 95 million fewer miles in car journeys

  • 99,000 extra walking trips per day

  • 40,000 extra cycling trips per day.

You can see a full list of the successful bidders here.
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