South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed government plans for £2bn investment in greener, active transport, including cycling and walking.
Following a large rise in the level of cycling and walking during the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Dunne, who is Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, praised the significant funding available for plans to encourage people to choose healthier and greener options for travel, where this is feasible.
Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in cities and larger towns England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund - the first stage of a £2 billion investment, as part of the £5 billion in new funding announced for cycling and buses in February.
An updated Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will be launched by the Prime Minister in the summer, with further measures to transform cycling and walking to deliver the government’s aims to double cycling and increase walking by 2025 – including:
Mr Dunne said: “The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many more people, following government advice, have taken up cycling and walking as part of their daily exercise regime. As we look to overcome this wretched disease, it is extremely welcome that the government is looking to encourage people to maintain this healthier, greener, way of getting about – where they can do so to commute to work, or simply for health benefits from exercise.
This is good news for the health of the nation, and good news for our environmental health, as we look at the contribution alternative transport can make to reduce our emissions, and help hit the government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050.”