More funds to make roads safer for cycling & walking
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has has allocated councils across England a further £175 million to create safe space for cycling and walking as surveys and independent polls show strong public support for high-quality schemes.
A survey reveals 8 out of 10 people support measures to reduce road traffic and two-thirds support reallocating road space for active travel. The new money, part of the £2 billion announced for cycling and walking in May, will fund measures including:
- 'School Streets', where streets around schools are closed to motorists at school times
- low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), where residential side streets are closed to through traffic to stop rat-running
- segregated cycle lanes
- pedestrian improvements
However, the Transport Secretary has set tough new conditions on councils receiving funding, requiring them to ensure schemes are properly consulted on. This will help avoid the problems seen in a minority of the schemes developed in the first round of funding. If these conditions are not met by a council, the Transport Secretary has been clear that future funding allocations will be reduced and claw-backs could also be imposed.
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