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Boost for cleaner, greener travel in Surrey

Surrey County Council has launched a new tool that enables residents to submit ideas on how we can improve the road infrastructure in their area to encourage more walking and cycling.

The tool, an interactive map, also allows residents to see what suggestions other people have submitted and vote on them. Whilst the council won’t be able to deliver all the ideas residents put forward, they have recently submitted a bid to the Department for Transport for £7.8 million of funding within Surrey.

The bid is for money allocated to the county from the Emergency Active Travel Fund – designed to provide alternatives to public transport, and encourage residents to continue with the higher levels of walking and cycling we’ve seen since the lockdown.

Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We want to harness the opportunity to support people in continuing the good habits they’ve developed during lockdown. Walking and cycling more has real benefits to physical and mental health. And if we can help people to leave the car at home for shorter journeys, we can also ease congestion and improve air quality in Surrey.

“Residents know their local areas best so it makes sense for us to ask people for their input. I hope we are awarded the funding so we can deliver the projects and support people to make more journeys on foot or by bike.”

The interactive map can be found here https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/activetravelfund

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