Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

£40m safe cycling scheme revealed

Ministers said new funding will enable local authorities 'to put in place well-targeted measures to protect cyclists '

A £40 million scheme to make cycling on the roads safer has been announced by the Government.

The money will be used to improve the design and layout of roads at 78 locations across the country, with all schemes due for completion within the next 12 months.

North-west England will get the biggest slice of the £40 million cake, with the region receiving nearly £15 million.

The available cash consists of a £20 million Government grant and £20 million from local authorities.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion so it is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.

"Ensuring this funding is targeted where improvements will make a real difference to cyclists is just one way we are ensuring this trend continues. "

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said: "This money will enable local authorities to put in place well-targeted measures to protect cyclists across the country."

The schemes cover every English region apart from London, which is overseen by Transport for London.

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