Stoke-on-Trent is set to receive an extra £500,000 in funding to boost local cycling and walking infrastructure!
- Stoke-on-Trent UA to receive an extra £504,750 to boost cycling and walking infrastructure
- The Active Travel Fund is designed to create safe space for cycling and walking
- Part of the Government’s £2 billion investment into cycling and walking
The money will be provided to the local council and could be used to fund measures such as School Streets, Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and segregated cycle lanes. In total, £175 million is being allocated to local authorities across England in the latest round of allocations from the fund.
Following discussions with the local MPs, the Government has stipulated that councils receiving money will have to meet tough new conditions to ensure that schemes are properly thought out and that their impact on other road users are closely weighed up. Councils will also have longer to spend the money, ensuring there is time to consult local communities. If these conditions are not met, future funding allocations will be reduced and the Government could clawback some of the money already provided.
The Government has pledged a revolution in walking and cycling as part of its plans to level up the whole county, with the Prime Minister pledging a record £2 billion investment to double cycling and increase walking by 2025.
Commenting on the announcement , Jo Gideon MP said:
“I am delighted to see this new investment into our cycling and walking infrastructure here in Stoke-on-Trent.
“Supporting more active travel choices, as well as investing into our bus and rail infrastructure is absolutely key to our levelling-up agenda.”