Council ‘con­tin­ues to in­vest de­spite cuts’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPECIAL REPORT - CLLR PETER HILLER Peter­bor­ough City Council

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.”

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