Coun­cil re­ceives cash boost for cy­cle routes

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil has been awarded more than £450,000 by Sus­trans Scot­land to im­prove the area’s walk­ing and cy­cling ac­tive travel in­fra­struc­ture.

Fund­ing of £396,000 from the na­tional char­ity’s com­mu­nity links pro­gramme, pro­vided by Trans­port Scot­land, will see the coun­cil con­struct new walk­ing paths as well as carry out the de­sign and fea­si­bil­ity work for paths iden­ti­fied by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing the first phase of a walk­ing and cy­cling shared-use path at Ros­neath and pro­gress­ing the He­lens­burgh and Lomond Cy­cle­way.

Sus­trans has also awarded the coun­cil an ad­di­tional £75,000 from its safer routes to school pro­gramme to cre­ate and de­velop safe ac­tive travel fa­cil­i­ties and de­liver train­ing which will al­low pupils and staff to walk and cy­cle to school.

The coun­cil will be­gin work to de­sign safe routes and cross­ings for pupils, and the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Oban and Taynuilt, and build a cy­cling and walk­ing link from Tralee Road to Lochnell Pri­mary School in Ben­der­loch.

Aileen Mor­ton, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil leader, said: ‘As a coun­cil, we are com­mit­ted to do­ing what we can to en­cour­age our com­mu­ni­ties to live ac­tive and healthy lives.

‘This wel­come fund­ing from Sus­trans means we can un­der­take projects which will con­trib­ute to achiev­ing a smarter, safer, health­ier and greener Ar­gyll and Bute.’

Sus­trans Scot­land com­mu­nity links man­ager Tom Bishop said: ‘We hope this fund­ing will en­cour­age more peo­ple liv­ing in Ar­gyll and Bute to walk and cy­cle for more of the jour­neys they make ev­ery day.’

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