Gloucestershire receives £12.8million to improve walking and cycling routes

Sustainable and active travel in Gloucestershire will be improved with a £12.8million cash injection from the government’s Levelling Up Fund – creating a 26 mile cycle ‘spine’ through the county, as well as access to and from Gloucester Docks.

Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded its full bid of £12.822m from the government’s Levelling Up Fund, to support significant transport improvements through Gloucester city, connecting what has been known as ‘the missing link of cycle routes’ in the heart of the county.

Gloucestershire County Council has said the funding will breathe life into the vision to connect the recently enhanced Gloucester and Sharpness Canal Towpath with the A40 West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme, via Gloucester and the B4063 cycle path.

This would ultimately provide a 26 mile cycle ‘spine’ through the county from Stroud to Bishops Cleeve, allowing the county council to create a substantial local cycling and walking network, helping people to get about sustainably in residential areas.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted by the news Gloucestershire will receive a significant boost to sustainable transport.

‘Our long term goals to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions must include sustainable modes of travel, and I believe building a substantial and safe network for cyclists and pedestrians is going to transform our county. This funding allows us to fully fund these ambitions for Gloucestershire’s future.’

The bid supports improved access to and from the docks area of Gloucester. It will also link the docks to the city centre and beyond through a sustainable travel corridor, helping students and employees to access the hospital, university and local colleges from residential areas.


By Michelle Fyrne


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Thursday 28 October 2021

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