Improvement to Cumbria’s travel infrastructure is expected to benefit the area in many ways. For one it is going to reduce the number of vehicles that are coming to the Lake District which will help to tackle pollution issues. Furthermore, it is expected that the multi-million pound investment in the area is going to create around 100 jobs.
It is expected that the new development is going to bring around £6 million to the local economy and is going to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions released in the area by over 10,000 tonnes in the next three years.
A councillor for the local area is Tim Knowles and he has said, “The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the country and keeping it clean and unpolluted is an absolute priority. If it loses these aspects then it is no longer going to be such a desirable destination. By convincing people to use public transport, or take another environmentally friendly option, such as a bicycle, the area’s beauty is going to be preserved for a very long time.”
Around £7 million is going to be invested in the area and this money has come from the Department for Transport. The money is being utilised by the local county council and several different projects are taking place which will improve cycleways, introduce a car hire scheme for low emission vehicles, and improve the number of bus stops and regularity of buses.
The programme is going to be launched this year but most of the major renovations and changes to the system are going to take place during 2013. The director of planning for the national park has commented, “This plan is unique as it focuses on visitors, rather than residents of the local area. We expect it to be a very effective programme.”