£8m boost for cycle routes
The DfT has awarded £8m to Sustrans, the transport charity, to fund projects to enhance cycle routes across England.
The Sustrans funding, which was announced last week by Norman Baker, transport minister, is part of £15m investment by Government to fund sustainable travel projects in an attempt to promote economic growth and cut carbon.
The investment is in addition to the £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund announced in January 2011. The Government says that the additional funding, heavily geared towards cycling, aims to support jobs, enhance access to employment and encourage greater use of more environmentally friendly transport.
The remaining £7m will be allocated through the Cycle Rail Working Group – the body which brings together representatives of the rail industry and the cycling sector – to improve integration between cycle and rail at stations. Measures will include safer and more convenient cycle racks, additional cycle parking and storage, and better access for cyclists.
Norman Baker said: “This fund underlines the firm commitment of the Coalition Government to sustainable transport.
“If we are serious about reducing carbon, then we need to get more people walking and cycling. But we must do it in a way that boosts the economy. I want this fund to support projects that create growth and tackle climate change by cutting our carbon emissions.
“I look forward to seeing the projects put forward by Sustrans and the Cycle Rail Working Group and working with them to deliver transport that is greener, healthier and improves quality of life in our communities.”
Both organisations will now work up the specific projects they intend to fund and the successful projects will be announced in March.
Click here to read the full DfT press release.