Cycling enthusiasts in England are set to reap the benefits of safer roads thanks to a cash injection of £40m which is earmarked to improve safety at dangerous junctions and road. The announcement was made by Norman Baker the Transport Minister.
The money is being made available to improve both the layout and design of roads at 78 key locations across the country, and all the schemes are due to be completed within the next year.
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.
“This is part of the £107 million investment we have announced in cycling infrastructure over the last year, over and above the £600m we have invested through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. We have launched a THINK! “Let’s Look Out For Each Other” campaign and have made it easier for councils to set 20mph speed limits and install trixi mirrors at junctions so drivers are better able to see cyclists.”
Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said:
“Keeping people safe on our roads is of paramount importance to me. This money will enable local authorities to put in place well targeted measures to protect cyclists across the country.”
The schemes, which are being offered funding with a £20m Government grant and £20m local authority match-funding, have been selected for their positive impact on safety. To choose the best schemes, the Department has been supported by a panel of experts, led by the transport charity Sustrans.
The schemes cover every geographical region apart from London – which is overseen by Transport for London. The funding for each region comes to approximately:
East of England £5.31m
East Midlands £3.17m
North East £3.29m
South West £3.09m
North West £14.77m
South East £5.57m
West Midlands £1.51m
Yorkshire and Humber £2.62m
All schemes will commence once confirmations have been secured from co-funders.