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£2.7 million boost for cycling in national parks

Robert Goodwill announces winners of cycling ambition competition.

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Five national parks are set to benefit from more than £2.7 million to help develop new cycling facilities, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill announced today (5 February 2015).

The funding will create additional cycling routes, improving links between national parks and nearby areas.

Robert Goodwill said:

I want to get more people on their bikes and this funding will open up cycle access to some of the country’s most scenic routes.

It demonstrates the government’s determination to continue the cycling legacy generated by the 2012 Olympics and the launch of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year.

The investment will fund cycling schemes in the following areas:

  • Dartmoor has been awarded £675,000 to deliver 5 schemes, including additional routes, on-trail improvements and improved links to nearby areas
  • Yorkshire Dales will be given £450,000 to transform a stretch of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal creating a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales
  • South Downs will receive £450,000 to upgrade existing routes to create ‘easy access’ cycling facilities
  • Peak District will receive £430,000 to create a new short cycle link providing access from North West Matlock to the Monsal Trail
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Broads will be given £715,000 to construct a shared cycleway footway connecting Wroxham / Hoveton to Horning

More information on the individual schemes can be found on the scheme sponsors websites.

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Published 5 February 2015