Active Travel funding to help deliver safe and sustainable walking and cycling infrastructure in Thurrock
THURROCK Council will create new walking and cycling transport infrastructure linking to schools, employment hubs and shopping and leisure sites across the borough thanks to £288,000 government funding.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “This funding will allow us to create wider footways and cycling infrastructure to help people get to schools, shops and employment while avoiding public transport and still following social distancing guidance.
“We have identified 27 projects which will have both short and longer term benefits to safe and sustainable travel across the borough. These will be shared with ward councillors for comment. With the short delivery time we have to ensure this grant of taxpayers money is spent wisely and delivers these projects as quickly as possible.”
The Government’s Active Transport Travel Fund has been created to allow councils to deliver safe travel links which allow for social distancing and help avoid overcrowding on public transport.
Thurrock Council has been indicatively allocated £288,000 in the first phase of funding to deliver schemes which will demonstrate immediate benefit to residents and businesses and the local active travel infrastructure. Subject to confirmation of the funding, all projects must be completed within eight weeks.