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More cash for active travel schemes in the area

Created on 27/07/2020 @ 16:46
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More local communities could see active travel and road safety schemes introduced to them following extra cash given to Powys County Council.

More than £20m of additional funding is being given to local authorities in Wales, including Powys, to help with such schemes.

Newtown is already having a significant amount spend on such schemes to help with walking and cycling, including a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Severn.
"Much of this latest amount of available funding will go towards previously identified projects throughout Wales, including active travel projects in Newtown," said a council spokesperson.
"The remaining monies has been shared between all welsh local authorities to put towards smaller active travel schemes, and road safety training." 
Cllr Heulwen Hulme, cabinet member of highways, said: “We have seen a big increase in the number of people who, since lockdown, are now choosing to make their local everyday journeys on bike or by foot. Not only is this great news for our health and wellbeing, it is also proving really beneficial to our local environment.
“With our share of this new Welsh Government funding, we aim to work alongside communities to introduce new and make improvements to existing active travel routes and road safety initiatives across the county, to give people the confidence to continue walking and cycling.”
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