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Sustrans Scotland hails doubling of investment in active travel as a major ‘Step Change’ for Scotland as a nation

family walking down park path

"This new funding investment is building on the successes to date in programmes for walking, cycling and improvements to local communities."

5 September 2017

Sustrans Scotland has hailed the doubling of investment in active travel as a major ‘Step Change’ for Scotland as a nation.

Reacting to the news of the Scottish Government’s doubling Scotland’s funding for active travel announced in the Programme for Government, Sustrans Scotland Director John Lauder said:

“The Scottish Government’s announcement of its doubling investment in active travel to £80m is a bold statement of intent in the new Programme for Government, one that has the potential to really change how delivery bodies work in Scotland, and massively increase people’s health and wellbeing. It also sets an example for the rest of the UK.

“This new funding investment is building on the successes to date in programmes for walking, cycling and improvements to local communities. The challenge for the future is to build on the creative partnerships already working to make cycling and walking easier, particularly local authorities, regional transport authorities, Scottish Canals, the two national parks and Community Trusts taking active travel to the heart of their communities.  

“Walking and cycling is delivering a whole range of benefits across health, environment, transport, education and rural and urban economies. Sustrans Scotland is ready to work with partners across the board to help Scotland realise its potential as an Active Nation."