People in Nottingham will benefit from improved green travel options after the city secured a share of £2.75m of government funding.
Nottingham City Council, in partnership Nottinghamshire County Council, Derby City Council and other local delivery partners, have been successful in their bid for a share of the Department for Transport’s (DFT) Sustainable Travel Access Fund (2017/18 – 2019/20).
The £60m Access Fund supports sustainable transport projects that help to grow the economy.
This will be done by boosting levels of cycling and walking, and by improving access to jobs, skills, training and education.
Nottingham will receive just under £1.5m of the award. The money will be used over a three year period to encourage people to use sustainable modes of transport.
Councillor Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for Business, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said:
“Nottingham has an excellent reputation for providing sustainable travel solutions. Using modes of transport such as cycling and walking can improve air quality and have significant health benefits for communities and can also improve access to jobs, education and training.”
David Hobday, sustainable transport officer at Nottingham Trent University, argues such investment is worth it.
“Reduce the burden of the existing transport network”
David Hobday, Sustainable Transport Officer at NTU
David Hobday, Sustainable Transport Officer at Nottingham Trent University
However Nottingham residents believe the money should be used elsewhere.