Yorkshire could become more like Amsterdam as huge transport plans announced

Yorkshire could become more like Amsterdam as huge transport plans announced

Parts of Yorkshire are set to explore Amsterdam-style measures to make roads better for cyclists and pedestrians as part of a huge new transport project.

The Government’s new executive agency Active Travel England will oversee the delivery of 134 schemes, including new footways, cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings across 46 local authorities outside of London. The projects will create new routes and improve those that already exist meaning it is easier and cheaper for people to get around.

In addition to the £161 million for the 134 local authorities, 19 authorities including Hull, Sheffield and West Yorkshire will receive a share of £1.5 million for “mini-Holland” feasibility studies to asses how these areas could be as pedestrian and cycle-friendly as their Dutch city equivalents.

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Sheffield will see new bi-directional cycleways and improved level footpaths, West Yorkshire will receive two new active travel neighbourhoods in Bradford and Calderdale, including segregated cycle lanes on busier roads, local improvements and some roads closed to traffic. There will also be cycle parking improvements in York city centre.

Sheffield và West Yorkshire đã được cấp vốn cho các nghiên cứu khả thi "Hà Lan nhỏ" để đánh giá xem các khu vực này có thể thân thiện với người đi bộ và đi xe đạp như các thành phố Hà Lan tương đương của chúng hay không

Transport minister Trudy Harrison said: “This multi-million-pound investment will ensure people right across the country can access cheap, healthy and zero-emission travel. Active Travel England will be working hard to create a new golden age of walking and cycling, enabling everyone to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle, creating streets where children can play, and making nicer places to live.”

The Government has also confirmed a £35 million investment into improving the quality, safety and accessibility of the National Cycle Network. The new funding will see 44 off-road sections of the Network upgraded.

Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman said: “This is all about enabling people to leave their cars at home and enjoy local journeys on foot or by bike. Active Travel England is going to make sure high-quality spaces for cycling, wheeling and walking are delivered across all parts of England, creating better streets, a happier school run and healthier, more pleasant journeys to work and the shops.”

The Government is also continuing to ensure cycling is available to all by funding ‘Wheels for Wellbeing’. An additional £75,000 will go towards a programme of inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people and their families, carers or friends, helping to remove barriers to cycling faced by disabled people.

Xavier Brice, Chief Executive Officer of Sustrans, a charity that makes it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle said: “As custodians of the National Cycle Network, we’re delighted that the Government is continuing to invest in these vital and much-loved walking, wheeling and cycling routes.

“This funding will see improvements made to the Network in England; connecting cities, towns and the countryside; making walking, wheeling and cycling a safer, more convenient and more accessible travel option for everyone.

“The Network is a national asset that is loved locally, and continued investment will advance our work with partners and stakeholders across the UK. Together, we’re reimagining the ways in which we move around, empowering people to connect with others and helping everyone explore our shared environments.”