Funding granted for two further active travel schemes in Kent

Kent County Council (KCC) has been successful in securing funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) for a further two Active Travel schemes.

Government officials have awarded £100,000 to go towards local improvements to make walking and cycling more attractive along Herne Bay seafront.

A further £1.2 million has been earmarked to enhance walking and cycling between east and west Sevenoaks.

While outline proposals are still being developed, KCC is committed to working with Canterbury City Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Active Travel England to develop the formal designs.

Officers will then begin engaging with local communities to understand their views on the proposals.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “I am really pleased that KCC has been successful in bidding for this funding for two additional Active Travel schemes.

“We know there are many advantages to more active means of travel including to the health of our residents and the reduction of harmful emissions released into the environment.

“In time we will look to gather the views of local people to understand what they think of our proposals and the benefits we think they will bring.”

Active Travel funding was introduced by DfT following the pandemic when more people took to walking and cycling as a means of getting around.

The schemes would aim to improve the attractiveness of Active Travel in the county.

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