Sustrans Connect2 wins the People's £50 Million

I’ve posted about the Sustrans Connect2 project a couple of times over the last week – I’m very pleased to say that it has won the competition for £50million which will go towards new cycle and walking paths. From the Sustrans Connect 2 site: £50 million won and we couldn’t have done it without you!…

I’ve posted about the Sustrans Connect2 project a couple of times over the last week – I’m very pleased to say that it has won the competition for £50million which will go towards new cycle and walking paths.

From the Sustrans Connect 2 site:

£50 million won and we couldn’t have done it without you!

This is fantastic news, and thanks to everyone who voted for Sustrans’ Connect2 in the People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway, and for your help in winning £50 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund for Sustrans to invest in walking and cycling UK-wide. This really is an amazing achievement for our charity and the many local authority and other partners with whom we will work on Connect2. We simply couldn’t have done it without you and your votes.

We start work on delivering Connect2 in January 2008. Our local authority partners are poised ready to go, and will be adding matched funding from their own transport and other budgets to the £50 million from the Big Lottery Fund. This is a five year project, and in total we have already identified nearly £100 million of local authority funding to support Connect2, and we are working hard to bring even more funding to the project so that we can ensure as many people as possible benefit from Connect2.

We will continue to update you on progress during 2008. In the meantime can I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year and to thank you again for supporting Sustrans’ Connect2.

John Grimshaw MBE
Founder and Chief Executive Sustrans

This is the video for the Sustrans Connect2 project which tells you a bit more about it:

You can find a scheme close to where you are (in the UK) by clicking on the map.

6 Comments

  1. I shall take great pleasure in cycling the Shoreham footbridge project near me in Sussex when it’s done! Let’s hope this really puts a rocket (environmentally friendly, of course) behind the cycle lane building movement.

  2. Joe – I do absolutely agree.

    Peter – indeed. Our local scheme crossing the A127 is badly needed. I suspect it is a vicious circle – very few people cycle around here so there is probably no-one pushing for new schemes.

  3. I only heard about this from you Dave, which prompted me to go off and vote for it. Heard on the radio news yesterday that it had won, and gave a little cheer!

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