Tuesday, 7 February 2012

£15m boost for sustainable travel

Some good news for cyclists and those committed to sustainable travel as Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced £15m of new funding for sustainable travel projects across the country.

The investment is in addition to the £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund announced in January 2011.

The additional funding say the government will support jobs, enhance access to employment and encourage greater use of more environmentally friendly transport.

Sustrans, the UK transport charity  will receive £8m for projects to enhance cycle routes across England.

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 and  will complement the £7m that Network Rail is already spending in this area.

 Local Transport Minister 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”.

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