Council ‘continues to invest despite cuts’
Peterborough City Council says it has continued to invest in sustainable transport despite huge cuts to its government grant. Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “At a time when council funding has been significantly reduced we continue to invest in sustainable transport.
“In the past four years we have spent more than £1.5 million on improvements to the city’s primary cycle networks, which has included projects such as upgrades on Eastfield Road. “Last year an additional £100,000 was invested to further subsidise city bus services to ensure residents have good access to public transport.
“The council has encouraged thousands of residents to choose sustainable transport through a range of initiatives, from bike training at city schools to personalised travel plans to thousands of city workers.
“It’s also important to remember what this city does have, such as 150 miles of cycle routes and an extensive network of footpaths for people to use in their free time, or to get to work.
“Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and we have been successful with a number of funding bids for projects to ensure our road system remains as free-flowing as possible and prepared for the city’s future growth.
“As a result we have an enviable road system,which is a key factor in attracting new businesses to the city, and low levels of congestion and pollution.
“The council has a limited amount of funding and endeavours to make the best use of the money available to promote and invest in all modes of transport across the city as set out in our Local Transport Plan.”