Surrey County Council has been awarded £5,959,396 of government funding to invest in more active travel improvement projects in Surrey.
Building on the success of the first two rounds of the Active Travel Fund the county council has been awarded since 2020 with eight schemes, the new projects aim to enhance walking and cycling for residents, as well as making it safer to travel around the county.
The proposals for this new round of funding will go to public consultation later this year, with the aim for projects to commence during 2023.
Funding will support transformational, innovative projects which reallocate road space to active travel modes. Proposals include roundabout upgrades as well as liveable streets, a school street, and two segregated cycle routes and quietways.
Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure said: “We’re delighted that the government has awarded us further funding so we can help transform how residents and visitors travel around our county. Improving our road network will enable residents to play their part in helping us become a greener county.
“With 41% of Surrey’s carbon emissions coming from transport, using cars less and choosing to travel more sustainably will help us in our mission to become net zero carbon by 2050.”
This funding will complement a range of other schemes Surrey County Council has implemented to improve walking and cycling facilities across Surrey. These include active travel schemes on the A23 in Redhill and Park Road in Stanwell, plus local cycling and walking plans in Woking and Reigate and Banstead. Five other active travel schemes are underway and due to be completed this year, as well as local cycling and walking plans for Spelthorne, Runnymede, Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Waverley.
For more details visit the Surrey County Council website.
For the full DfT release see here – Healthy, cost-effective travel for millions as walking and cycling projects get the green light – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)