New funding to enable active travel schemes
Government funding for cycling and walking schemes, helping to promote healthy travel, reduce emissions and grow the economy.
West Berkshire Council has been allocated £275,000 of funding to deliver a new School Streets Scheme and develop improvements to walking and cycling routes.
It is part of the councils ongoing commitment to boost active travel options for residents whilst also helping to drive down carbon emissions.
Following the successful bid to Active Travel England, a new agency set up by the Government to boost cycling and walking, the funding for West Berkshire will go towards:
- The introduction of an additional School Street scheme at Francis Baily School in Thatcham
- Development of proposals to improve the pedestrian and cycle connection between Theale and Calcot
- Assessment of scope to improve active travel routes adjoining Robin Hood Roundabout
- Evolution of a scheme to connect the planned Stockcross active travel path into the Newbury area network at Speen
Welcoming the new funding, Councillor Denise Gaines, incoming Executive Member for Highways, Housing and Sustainable Travel at West Berkshire Council, said:
"We have some ambitious schemes to encourage and enable more cycling and walking in the district and particularly in our towns and urban areas. It will help us meet a number of our priorities including promoting health and fitness, reducing our emissions and helping to tackle congestion on our roads.
"What's more, by successfully bidding for national funding we will be able to deliver these schemes at less cost to local residents."
Image: Western Avenue Stage 1, Speen / Newbury