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Funding confirmed for new river bridge and travel scheme

Created on 06/08/2018 @ 11:18
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Plans to implement the first phase of Newtown’s active travel scheme, including a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Severn, have received a boost with £550,000 committed by the Welsh Government.
Powys County Council’s Active Travel Team has been successful in securing £950,000 from the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund to improve active travel facilities in Newtown and Presteigne.

The Newtown scheme will include the new bridge and associated cycle paths, with the aims of connecting all parts of Newtown once the bypass has opened.
The Active Travel Fund is part of the Welsh Government funding commitment to boost levels of active travel across Wales in line with the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Active Travel, said: “I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has awarded this funding from their Active Travel Fund.
“We are committed to improving the health and well-being of our residents, reduce congestion and improve the environment. This funding will allow us to make our active travel plans for these towns a reality.
“A great deal of work has gone into developing active travel facilities in Newtown and Presteigne but this funding will enhance the facilities immensely.
“I would like to thank the Welsh Government for supporting our proposals and providing the grant funding. We will now work with local residents and stakeholders from both towns to help shape the design of these schemes.”

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