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£23 million DfT funding for National Cycle Network will improve safety

£23 million DfT funding for National Cycle Network will improve safety

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that communities will receive a share of £23 million to improve the National Cycle Network, improving safety and reducing emissions.

The Cycling Minister, Jesse Norman, confirmed that £21 million of the investment will go to ensuring significant on and off-road stretches of the National Cycle Network, which spans 16,000 miles.

In addition, the other £2 million will be used to drive take-up of cycling and walking, helping to clean up air and encourage greener travel choices.

It is the latest in a number of measures that the government has put in place to cut emissions across transport modes.

With pollution one of the biggest threats to public health in the country, ways in which emissions can be reduced have been explored, and have resulted in the likes of the Road to Zero strategy, as well as funding like this.

Plans from local authorities follow a similar pattern; both Manchester and London are encouraging cycling, with projects set to improve safety measures.

The government has previously announced significant funding for the cycling network and now, the National Cycle Network will also receive a further boost.

As part of the current funding, communities throughout England will see existing cycle routes improved, as well as greater connectivity.

The idea is to create a safe and accessible network; one other area that the government and local authorities are focusing on is ensuring safety on the roads.

This includes improved cycle pathways, which this funding will greatly assist with, but fleets have to play their part too, ensuring measures are in place so that the health and safety of vulnerable road users is assured.

And the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said: “Cycling and walking are a key part of our plans to make transport cleaner, greener and more productive.

“This funding will help ensure that everyone can enjoy wonderful routes which connect communities across the UK, and benefit from the huge health and environmental benefits of cycling.”

 

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