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£2.8m awarded for active travel in Durham City

Successful funding bids are paving the way for improvements to sustainable travel across County Durham. Durham City Council were warded £2.8 million from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund to create sustainable transport infrastructure in Durham City.

The money will allow delivery of a series of walking and cycling improvements at three locations to create, upgrade and maintain cycling and pedestrian routes in the city.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for funding. This will help us to make significant improvements to travel around the city.

“It will offer more active travel choices to those who live, work in, and visit the city, benefitting people’s health and wellbeing, as well as the environment. Hopefully, the enhancements will encourage residents to make the most of their local area and make more active choices with their commutes.”

Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair, North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “I am pleased that these schemes are progressing as part of the North East Transforming Cities Fund Programme.

“Our ambitious programme is one of the largest in the country and centres on delivering transformational change for local people. This latest development is wonderful news and will make walking, wheeling and cycling in Durham City an appealing, sustainable choice for many residents.

“Encouraging greater use of active travel will help us to realise many of our environmental ambitions – driving down carbon emissions and improving air quality locally while at the same time improving public health. I’m pleased to see this development take a positive step forward.”

For the full article visit Durham City Council’s website

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