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£1.6 million boost for cycling in Surrey

Bike-1Cycling in Surrey received a boost today after it was revealed the county council has won almost £1.6 million to spend on a “new generation” of segregated bike routes.

The funding follows a successful bid to the Department for Transport for a share of a £40 million pot of money set aside to improve safety for cyclists nationwide. Surrey received the second largest grant of any council.

The cash will be spent on two segregated cycle paths in Surrey, one in Walton and one in Leatherhead with links to Ashtead. Both will separate cyclists, drivers and pedestrians and will take bicycle riders safely through junctions.

The aim is to improve safety, encourage more people to cycle and boost the economy by reducing congestion on Surrey’s roads.

Trevor Pugh, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “We want to see a new generation of segregated cycle routes that not only radically reduce the risk to current riders, but which also make cycling an option to the large numbers of people who may want to ride a bike, but who fear mixing with busy traffic.

“This isn’t something we can achieve overnight, but the £1.6 million we have won from the Department of Transport will take us further in the right direction. It will help provide excellent new cycle routes through two busy shopping and businesses areas of Surrey, while also making it safer for children to cycle to school.”

The Walton scheme will create continuous segregated cycle paths to the north and south of the river on both sides of the road, along the A244 and A3050 and will link up with the cycle path on the new Walton Bridge.

The Leatherhead and Ashtead scheme will link the two town centres and help cyclists and pedestrians on the busy road that divides the towns.
Surrey County Council won the second biggest grant of any authority nationwide in today’s Department for Transport announcement, with almost £984,000 for the Walton scheme and almost £600,000 for the Leatherhead and Ashtead scheme.

More information on the schemes can be found here.

More information on today’s national announcement from the Department for Transport can be found here.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.

Notes to editors

Surrey County Council and Surrey Police are running a safety campaign called Cycle SMART which aims to increase safety and make riders and motorists more aware of each other. For more information visit http://www.drivesmartsurrey.org.uk.

Surrey County Council has also been encouraging people to use pedal power in other parts of the county through its Cycle Improvement Fund which forms part of the Travel SMART scheme. It has money available for organisations to install cycle shelters and will match fund bids for showers and lockers, to encourage people to ride a bike. For more information visit http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/travelsmart.

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