The South Yorkshire Combined Authority has submitted a Countywide bid totalling £11.5 million for the next phase of active travel schemes.
Of the total, Sheffield is aiming to receive a £3.5m share of this fund, which they will use to further transform the city’s transport network.
The funding will be used for three schemes, including; Attercliffe to Advanced Manufacturing Park Cycling Route, East Bank Cycle Route and Recreational Crossings
The proposed schemes will be subject to public consultation and the feedback received will help to inform the development of the routes identified, reports Air Quality News.
The funding will also be used to support businesses, residents and schools through behavioural change campaigns, such as cycle campaigns, events and training programmes.
Cllr Douglas Johnson, executive member for climate change, environment and transport said: ‘This is a really exciting time in our Connecting Sheffield programme and the submission of this funding application marks the next phase of our vision for creating a truly sustainable and accessible travel network for our residents and businesses.
‘We fully recognise that we are facing a climate emergency and that we need to strengthen our economic and social foundations in the short and long term. Our successful future will depend on investment in a safe, high-quality network for walking and cycling to ensure that our economic recovery is both sustainable and inclusive, aligned to our commitments to carbon reduction, promoting healthier lifestyles and the levelling up agenda.
‘This may be cycling or walking to work or leisure and recreation, but it is these Active Travel schemes that will support our communities to flourish and ensure that inclusive mobility is seamlessly integrated into our daily lives. It’s hugely important for our city as it takes the next steps forward into its future, and I am hopeful that the application will be successful.”
‘I am particularly pleased with the schemes to make access to nature safer at Ecclesall Woods and for the safety of new and returning students on the busy Crookes Valley Road.’