Telford and Wrekin Council has launched a £2.6m fund (July 13) to boost more sustainable travel in the area.
Travel Telford Sustainable Transport fund aims to enable a range of improvements over the next four years and encourage residents to choose cycling, walking and public transport throughout the coronavirus recovery.
“Quick wins” for the Council include a new cycle parking scheme to provide a 300 cycle parking places, inspection and maintenance to the cycle network and an online reporting tool to help residents highlight any issues.
In addition to the £2.6m invested by the Council, it has also secured a further £76,000 of emergency Government funding to support more cycling and walking.
Councillor David Wright, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“The good transport links we have are one of the things that makes the borough special and attractive to inward investors.
“We’re always striving to improve on what we have and ensure our transport infrastructure is as modern and varied as possible, but we must make sure the existing routes that people use every day are as good as they can be.
“While the extra Government funding is welcomed, and will bolster to our existing proposals to make a real difference. Such investment from the Council’s fund in our network over a number of years will help create a better borough.”
Cllr Carolyn Healy, Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Historic & Natural Environment and Climate Change, said:
“Improving and investing in sustainable transport bring a range of benefits for residents and businesses and a real opportunity for sustained change over a number of years.
“It will also encourage more people to use greener ways of getting about, helping to tackle climate change and towards our goal of becoming a carbon neutral borough by 2030.
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