Local authorities in Wales will receive a share of £1.75m to develop education and training programmes for vulnerable road users such as children, young people, older drivers and motorcyclists.
Announced by the Welsh Government on Wednesday, the figure for 2018/19 is 8% lower than 2017/18 when a grant of £1.91m was divided among the 22 local authorities.
The funding comes as part of a wider package designed to improve safety, reduce congestion, create economic growth and promote active travel.
In addition to funding for road safety education and training, the Welsh Government’s £25.9m Local Transport Grant comprises four other sources of funding:
- Local Transport Fund: £6.15m will allow 18 schemes across 13 local authorities to continue work on multi-year projects. A further £5m has been provided to enable local authorities to progress active travel schemes.
- Local Transport Network Fund: £4m will allow four existing schemes to continue, with nine new schemes to start across 13 local authorities.
- Road Safety Capital Grant: nearly £4m will fund 18 schemes contributing to road casualty reduction in 11 local authorities.
- Safe Routes in Communities Grant: £5m will support 26 schemes that improve walking and cycling routes to schools in 18 local authorities.
Ken Skates AM, cabinet secretary for economy and transport, said: “The grants are a substantial investment to support local economic growth, improve road safety, enhance public transport facilities and provide more and better routes that enable people in Wales to walk and cycle and to do so safely.
“I commend the range of schemes I’ve been able to announce today, and the high quality of applications we received across these grants.”