SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White, has welcomed news that Glasgow is set to be boosted by Scottish Government funding for the Woodside Mini-Holland project to support walking, running and cycling.
The funding is part of a £22.5 million grant for five projects across the country from Transport Scotland, being delivered through Sustrans Scotland – and it represents a massive boost to Glasgow as the Scottish Government seeks to increase the number of people engaged in active travel through the Active Nation initiative.
The project takes inspiration from infrastructure in the Netherlands as it seeks to create an integrated cycle route from Charing Cross to Possil Road, connecting to the Sauchiehall Street ‘Avenue’ cycleway currently being delivered, as well as expanding the cycle network into the city centre, Great Western Road, Maryhill, Garscube Road and the Forth and Clyde Canal, encouraging commuters to travel to work by bike.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White, said:
“This is very welcome news for Glasgow and will undoubtedly help support local jobs and our local economy, as well as of course boosting efforts to get more people in Glasgow involved in walking, running and cycling.
“This funding announcement will play a key role in getting people active across Glasgow, helping to reduce air pollution caused by traffic while encouraging healthy lifestyles.
“And it follows the SNP Scottish Government’s announcement that the total active travel budget is to be doubled to £80 million as part of the Active Nation strategy.
“This project will help create a more integrated transport network in Glasgow and beyond, supporting cyclists with a Netherlands-inspired segregated cycle route from Charing Cross to Possil Road, connecting into the Sauchiehall Street ‘Avenue’, as well as expanding the cycle network into the city centre, Great Western Road, Maryhill, Garscube Road and the Forth and Clyde Canal.
“Active travel is a vital part of the Scottish Government’s transport strategy – and the funding for the Woodside Mini-Holland will be a great boost to people across Glasgow as we seek to become a more active nation and society.”