Published: 28th APRIL 2020

Sustrans welcomes Scottish Government announcement of temporary infrastructure programme during Coronavirus

Sustrans has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that it will fully fund a new infrastructure programme to make essential travel and exercise safer during Coronavirus.

physical distancing in Edinburgh during Coronavirus

Scottish Government has announced it will fully fund a new infrastructure programme for pop-up walking and cycling routes or temporary improvements to existing routes.

This will be supported by a package of guidance and support to local authorities from Transport Scotland and Sustrans Scotland for improvements such as widened pavements and cycle lanes.

Reacting to the announcement, Sustrans Scotland Deputy CEO John Lauder said:

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s package of support and we are ready to respond to local authorities’ needs through our Spaces for People fund.

"It’s clear that people across Scotland want to do the right thing during Coronavirus. They want to look after their physical and mental health.

“They also want to make sure that they are keeping to physical distancing guidelines while still being safe on our streets.

"With our local authority partners we have helped turn around this idea in less than two weeks and it’s great to work with a government that listens and engages so actively.

“We look forward to being able to support partners to help make essential travel and exercise safer during Coronavirus.”

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