Improving our roads

Surrey bids for £1.5m of cycle safety cash

Cabinet Member John Furey. Click image to download

Surrey County Council is bidding for more than £1.5 million to help keep cyclists safe on town centre roads.

The council aims to win the cash to install cycle paths in two major towns.

If successful, Walton-on-Thames will get cycle paths linking shops and schools with Upper Halliford via the new £32 million bridge being built.

Leatherhead would get cycle lanes to join up the centre with the railway station, schools and major employers.

The bid comes after the council declared it was drawing up a ‘to do’ list of major transport schemes in preparation for a series of funding opportunities worth millions of pounds which will become available from the Government.

Surrey’s bid for Department for Transport cycle safety cash is linked to the council’s Travel SMART initiative, which has been awarded £18 million for schemes that will improve travel and stimulate economic growth.

As part of the initiative, local groups get the chance to pitch for thousands of pounds to support green travel schemes in their neighbourhoods.

Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment John Furey said: “The way we travel has a huge impact on our quality of life, the economy and the environment. If our funding bid is successful, the money will be used to make journeys easier, safer and greener.”

Further details about the planned schemes in Leatherhead and Walton-on-Thames can be found by following this link.

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