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by on June 10, 2020
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SOURCE — Carlton Reid @ forbes.com (truncated)

Alongside the confirmation for the full route of the HS2 railway expected on February 11th the U.K.’s Department for Transport (DfT) has announced new funding of £5 billion to boost bus use and bicycling.

£1 billion is expected to be spent on building 250 miles of new, high-quality separated cycle routes and safe junctions in towns and cities across England.

There was no such plans in the Conservative election manifesto before December’s election, although Labour had pledged £7 billion for active transport such as walking and cycling.

The DfT also announced that dozens of new ‘Mini-Holland’ schemes will be created. These pilots of low-traffic neighborhoods are modeled on Dutch schemes and make local streets safer to walk, cycle and play in while maintaining some motor vehicle access.

“As a core part of the Government’s work to create a long-term cycling program and budget, all new routes will be built to tough new design standards,” said a DfT statement announcing the plans.

In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Improving connectivity by overhauling bus services and making cycling easier than ever is such an important step forward, to make sure every community has the foundations it needs to thrive.”

Boosting Buses And Bikes

The busing, cycling and walking investment will be used to help deliver the Government’s aim of doubling cycling by 2025. It will be a mix of capital and revenue funding, and will be additional to the funding that is already committed to be spent on cycling and walking over the next five years from wider funding sources.

British Cycling’s policy adviser Chris Boardman, who is also the walking and cycling commissioner for Greater Manchester, said:

“We know that investment in cycling and walking has the potential to transform Britain’s towns and cities into healthier, cleaner and more vibrant places to live and work, but getting there will require far more than just 250 miles of segregated lanes. We hope that this is just the start of the new government's ambitions, and await further details of their long-term cycling program and budget with interest.”

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