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Walking and cycling funding awarded

Published Tuesday, 30th June 2020

Worcestershire County Council has been awarded £135,500 to support cycling and walking in the county.

The funding has been allocated from Central Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, and it will help support increased walking and cycling routes on a number of key commuter routes across the county.

The routes that will see improvements include:

  • Stourport to Kidderminster route; link with the strategic employment and housing site at Silverwoods (Kidderminster);
  • Fernhill Heath to Blackpole (Worcester) B4536 link, connecting a large residential village with the main employment/ retail areas on the northern edge of the city;
  • A449 Malvern to Worcester corridor enhancements to support increased cycling;
  • Redditch to Bromsgrove corridor enhancements to support increased cycling

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Highways, said: “The County Council wholeheartedly supports active travel, and support all forms of Transport.

Improving our road network goes hand in hand with improving our cycling network, and remains one of our key priorities. This funding from Central Government will allow us to continue the progress we’ve already made in this area.”

The funding will also help to create a cycle parking initiative, which will provide secure cycle parking at businesses, education and retail locations across Worcestershire.

These will be placed where no parking exists currently, or provision is limited, to enable more people to consider cycling to access local services and facilities.

The funding will also continue the process of digitising Worcestershire’s walking and cycling maps to enable the public to access information and updates about the routes directly from their smart phones or other enabled devices.

It will also see the installation of safety signage for COVID-19 and waymarking, to support safe social distancing, whilst improving and supporting a positive visitor experience for Worcestershire’s towns and city centres.

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