Gloucestershire receives £ 12.8million to improve walking and cycling routes – Gloucestershire sport & outdoor
Gloucestershire County Council has received its full offer of £ 12.822million from the Government Upgrade Fund, to support major transport improvements in the town of Gloucester, connecting what has been known as’ The Link missing ‘bike paths’ in the heart of the county.
Gloucestershire County Council said the funding would bring to life the vision of connecting the recently improved Gloucester and Sharpness Canal towpath with the A40 West Cheltenham transport improvement program, via Gloucester and the B4063 cycle path.
This would ultimately provide a 26 mile cycling “backbone” through Stroud County to Bishops Cleeve, allowing the County Council to create a substantial local cycling and walking network, helping people to move around in a sustainable manner. residential areas.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Head of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted at the news that Gloucestershire will receive a significant boost in sustainable transport.
“Our long-term goals for tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions must include sustainable modes of travel, and I believe building a substantial and safe network for cyclists and pedestrians will transform our county. This funding allows us to fully fund these ambitions for the future of Gloucestershire. ‘
The offer supports improved access to and from the Gloucester Docks area. It will also connect the docks with the city center and beyond through a sustainable transportation corridor, helping students and employees access the local hospital, university and colleges from residential areas.
By Michelle Fyrne
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Thursday, October 28, 2021