Cyclists using the National Cycle Network in England will benefit from ‘new and improved’ infrastructure, as a result of new Government funding.
The £20 million investment will be used to fix dangerous junctions, reduce traffic levels, build better surfaces, create more accessible paths and improve route signage on existing routes.
It will also fund projects to improve connections between existing routes.
The National Cycle Network was founded in 1995 by Sustrans with help from local communities, partners and a National Lottery grant.
Every year more than 780 million journeys are made on the network which – at 16,575-miles – links towns, villages and cities across the country.
The projects to receive funding under this latest round of investment include:
- Re-routing sections the Fylde coastal path to become traffic-free
- Creating a new pedestrian and cycleway on the Gooseholme Bridge, Kendal
- Improving accessibility and safety of the Liverpool Loopline
- A community-led re-design to improve the quality of the existing Bristol and Bath railway path
Chris Heaton-Harris, cycling and walking minister, said: “Cycling and walking are sustainable forms of transport, which help to keep people active and clean up the quality of our air.
“This funding will put the right infrastructure in place, so people can enjoy new routes on foot or by bike, supporting the Government’s ambition for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys by 2040.”
Anita Konrad, Sustrans national director for England, said: “The National Cycle Network is a UK-wide asset which helps millions of people make car-free journeys each year, benefitting local economies, public health and the environment.
“We look forward to working with local authorities and partner organisations around England to achieve a network of walking and cycling paths that are safer and more accessible for everyone, regardless of their age and abilities.”