The government’s commitment to increasing cycling as a method of sustainable travel will accelerate this year, as further funding boosts have been outlined.
It is part of the drive to make commuting by cycling easier in 2019; the Department for Transport (DfT) has already spent close to £36 million on its Cycle Rail Programme, which has helped to make work journeys as joined up and sustainable as possible for cyclists.
And now, extra investment to the tune of £1.6 million will help to make cycling to work a seamless exercise.
The additional funding will set up new facilities at stations throughout the country and this extension of the benefits will allow people to cycle directly to their station and lock up bikes securely.
Already, the Cycle Rail Programme has improved cyclists’ access to stations thanks to new footpaths, safe and secure cycle parking, and a number of cycle hire schemes.
At more than 500 stations across the country, the number of cycle parking spaces now totals in excess of 80,000, with Dutch-style parking hubs based at major centres.
Infrastructure too, has been improved considerably for cyclists in and around stations as a result of the programme.
And this extra investment will help the government move its ambitions further on.
Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman, commented: “Improving cycling access to railway stations is good for cyclists and good for rail users, whether they’re commuters or tourists – and it has terrific knock-on benefits, by improving air quality, reducing obesity and increasing economic productivity.
“That’s the purpose of the government’s Cycle Rail Programme. Some £36 million has been invested to date, and I’m delighted we can now raise this by another £1.6 million.”
The extra investment means that, in the current financial year, the government has dedicated more than £4 million on the programme, which is key in improving health of people and overall air quality – a significant government aim.