The Starley Network of safe cycle routes across the West Midlands will benefit from a £13 million Government active travel grant announced today. The second round of Active Travel Fund money, handed to Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and its partner councils, will go towards the delivery of the 500 mile network announced during the summer. The new funding means that planned projects, such as the segregated cycle route from Coventry City Centre to the University Hospital, can now go ahead. A new segregated cycle route will also link Foleshill to the city centre. Other routes to receive funding include Wednesfield Road in Wolverhampton, and a cycle lane along the A457 corridor from Birmingham City Centre to Smethwick. Solihull will receive funding for cycle parking at popular shopping destinations, as well as a major upgrade of the cycle lane linking Meriden to Millisons Wood. Walsall Council will be using its share of the funding to provide safer walking and cycling routes for school pupils, amongst other schemes. Smaller projects, such as offering free cycle racks for organisations to encourage more visitors to cycle, will also be extended and enhanced with the new funding. This investment in active travel meets the WMCA’s aim of improving health and reducing carbon emissions as set out in the region’s #WMCA2041 plan to tackle climate change.
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