£3.1m funding boost for cycle and bus links

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A SCHEME to improve cycle and bus links between St Helens and Warrington has received a £3.1m funding boost.

The project was given the green light by Transport Minister Norman Baker yesterday.

Funding for the project is from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The cash will be used by St Helens Council upgrade bus and bike access to areas with a high concentration of jobs.

Mr Baker said: “The schemes we are funding will improve life for people in the North West and show that cutting carbon and boosting economic growth can go hand in hand.

“Our investment in these schemes shows that we are serious about funding infrastructure where there is a clear business case for doing so.

“The money we are putting into these projects will unlock much greater economic benefits for communities as well as improving the environment – it’s a win-win for the region.”

All the schemes for which funding has been confirmed today are also receiving contributions from the local council or the private sector.

In total, the £266 million provided by DfT is allowing more than double that amount to be invested in these projects.

DfT said the local schemes will bring national benefits. In addition to supporting economic growth, while enabling and encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices, the projects will reduce delays on the roads in urban areas – delays which cost the economy around £11 billion a year.

They will also help tackle problems, such as poor air quality, and help to improve the health of the nation by improving cycling and walking infrastructure.