William Eichler 16 October 2019

Sturgeon announces £27m to promote walking and cycling

Sturgeon announces £27m to promote walking and cycling image

More than 200 ‘active travel’ projects across Scotland are set to receive a multi-million pound investment, Scotland’s first minister has announced.

The funding will go through the charity Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland and will go towards improving walking, cycling and wheeling links in communities across the country.

The projects include a new walking and cycling route in the north of Glasgow, the regeneration of Ayr town centre and green infrastructure travel links in Aberdeen.

‘On climate change Scotland is leading globally - but we must support local action too,’ said Nicola Sturgeon.

‘We are investing over £500m in new bus priority infrastructure, to make journeys faster, greener and more convenient.

'We want people to walk and cycle more too – reducing our carbon footprint and improving our health. So I can announce today new investment for local projects the length and breadth of our nation.

‘From Ayr to Aberdeen, a fund of £27m will support more than 200 schemes to make it easier for people to cycle and to walk. That is acting locally as we lead globally in making our contribution to tackling the climate emergency.’

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