Shapps announces £2 billion package to create ‘new era for cycling and walking’
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced £2 billion of funding to ‘boost greener, active transport’.
The first stage will be rolled out in the coming weeks and includes plans for pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors.
The Government’s statement says the plans will help encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport following unprecedented levels of walking and cycling during the pandemic, ‘making healthier habits easier and helping make sure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand’.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling – whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport. While there is no change to the ‘stay at home’ message today, when the country does get back to work we need those people to stay on their bikes and be joined by many more.
Otherwise, with public transport’s capacity severely restricted at this time, our trains and buses could become overcrowded and our roads gridlocked – holding up emergency services, critical workers and vital supplies.
We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.
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