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Telford and Wrekin Council launches £2.6m sustainable transport fund

Telford and Wrekin Council has launched its £2.6 million Travel Telford Sustainable Transport Fund to help boost cycling, walking and use of public transport.

The council said the investment will lead to a range of improvements over the next four years and will support its Covid-19 recovery plans.

The ‘quick wins’ for the fund include a new cycle parking scheme to provide an extra 300 cycle parking places across the borough, as well as a review of cycling and walking routes, alongside a new online reporting tool to help residents report and identify issues.

In the longer term, there will be improved publicity and mapping of the network as well as connecting more walking and cycling paths.

The council has also secured a further £76,000 of emergency Government funding to support more cycling and walking.

Further initiatives could include new cycle lanes and bike parking in areas such at the Wrekin.

Councillor David Wright, cabinet member with responsibility for transport and infrastructure, said: “The good transport links we have are one of the things that makes the borough special and attractive to inward investors.

“We’re always striving to improve on what we have and ensure our transport infrastructure is as modern and varied as possible, but we must make sure the existing routes that people use every day are as good as they can be."

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