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Extra money to help improve sustainable travel


Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) will be improving sustainable travel thanks to a successful government bid to improve access to health, jobs and education.

The extra £484k will bring investment up to £586.5k to support the Thinktravel programme.

The council is looking to use the money in three key areas:

  • Making it easier and greener for people to use NHS services - providing more information about different forms of transport.
  • Making green travel to work easier - bike vouchers and travel planning to make it easier for people to cycle to work
  • More travel education in schools - making it easier for students to cycle to school, cutting congestion and helping cut pollution

In February, GCC submitted a bid for £484k funding for sustainable travel to the Department for Transport. The county council had already secured £102.5k match funding from a number of supporting organisations. Government confirmed the bid was successful on 24th May.  The money is ringfenced by government and can only be used for sustainable transport.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: "This is excellent news for the entire county.

"Greener travel, particularly cycling, can cut congestion, fight air pollution and help people stay healthy.  This money will give a huge boost to the County Council's campaign to make it easier for people to choose sustainable travel."

For more information, please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/sttyrc.

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