Funding moves transport plan up a gear
By Rob Freeman | 17th November 2020
Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded more than £860,000 to fund green transport projects in the county during the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the £864,750 is lower than expected, it adds to the £321,773 awarded in the first tranche of the Emergency Active Travel Fund earlier this year.
Among the cycling, walking and public transport projects planned is the six-mile B4063 Cheltenham to Gloucester cycle link
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning and environment, said: "While it is a little disappointing not to get all the money we had bid for, we will put our allocation to best use for the long-term benefit to the county and continue to work hard to secure more funding in the future, to help us deliver our ambitious plans for tackling climate change and improving the health and wellbeing of people across the county.
"Using money awarded earlier this year, we have already delivered several temporary schemes which have helped communities to remain active and safe during this ongoing pandemic."
At its peak, cycling in Gloucestershire increased by 190 per cent during the first coronavirus lockdown.
The first round of funding was used to help people keep safe and apart in shopping areas to support the reopening of shops and small businesses.
Bath Road in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury High Street and Bourton-on-the-Water village centre saw a mixture of measures which helped to inform the support available for district councils reopening their town centres.
On the first phase of the cycle route along London Road in Gloucester, cyclists have a continuous cycle lane along both sides and pedestrians have three new zebra crossings allowing them to cross easily and stay safe.
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