GLASGOW TO BENEFIT FROM £27 MILLION ACTIVE TRAVEL FUND

SNP MSP Sandra White has welcomed news that Glasgow will be one of the first communities to benefit from a £27 million fund to improve cycling and walking routes.

Design of North City Way, Glasgow (Glasgow City Council)
PFE is funding the design of the North City Way (NCW) – a continuous traffic free, segregated cycle route, which aims to link Bishopbriggs in East Dunbartonshire and Milton in Glasgow to the City Centre. The route would go through the Sighthill, Cowliars and Port Dundas communities, create a new walking and cycling bridge across the M8 and end at the proposed North Hanover Street Avenue. The funding will also support engagement and consultation with local communities, which will help to shape the look, feel and direction of the final route, whilst also encourage long term behaviour change. Once completed, it is hoped the route will make it safer and easier for people on bikes travelling from the north of Glasgow to get to the city centre.

The funding was announced by the First Minister on Tuesday at SNP conference as part of the Scottish Government’s ambitions to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions from transport.

The £27 million fund will support more than 200 projects across the country.

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The new Sauchiehall Street cycle lane is now in operation, and forms part of the City’s vision for ‘cycle avenues’.

Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“Scotland has world leading climate targets and reducing carbon emissions from transport is at the heart of meeting that challenge.

“That means improving public transport – with the Scottish Government recently announcing £500 million investment in bus priority infrastructure – as well as encouraging the rollout of greener technology, such as electric cars.

“Walking and cycling also have a huge role to play – not just in reducing our carbon footprint, but in improving our health.

“It is hugely welcome that Glasgow will be among the first areas to benefit from new funding to improve active travel.

“That is acting locally as we lead globally in making our contribution to tackling the climate emergency.”

Planning is currently underway for the ‘Connecting Woodside’ project which will increase links between new and existing cycle provision.

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