Thousands more people will be encouraged to cycle and walk to work thanks to a £64 million government investment, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced today (26 January 2017).
The funding will support 28 local projects over 3 years from 2017 to 2020 and form part of a wider government package of more than £300 million to boost walking and cycling during the current parliament. By 2040 the government aims to make this part of everyday life and walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter journeys.
Xavier Brice, Chief Executive of Sustrans, said: “This investment is extremely welcome and a much needed call to action for cycling and walking to be placed at the heart of local decision making, with projects now being taken forward that will improve access to jobs, skills, education and training.
“We look forward to working in partnership with councils across the country to create a step-change in numbers of people cycling and walking to work and by putting in place solutions that will improve lives, transform places and connect communities.”
The funding will help councils across England deliver sustainable transport initiatives that seek to grow the economy by boosting levels of cycling and walking, and by improving access to jobs, skills, training and education.
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For all media enquiries, please contact Anna Galandzij, senior press officer for Sustrans, on [email protected] or call 075 5791 5648.