Argyll and Bute Council has been awarded over £450,000 by Sustrans Scotland to improve the area’s walking and cycling active travel infrastructure.
Funding of £396,000 from the national charity’s Community Links Programme, provided by Transport Scotland, will see the council construct new walking paths as well as carry out the design and feasibility work for paths identified by local communities, including the first phase of a walking and cycling, shared use, path at Rosneath, and progressing the Helensburgh and Lomond Cycleway.
Sustrans has awarded the council an additional £75,000 from its Safer Routes to School Programme to create and develop safe active travel facilities and deliver training which will allow pupils and staff to walk and cycle to school.
The council will begin work to design safe routes and crossings for pupils, and the local community, in Oban and Taynuilt and build a cycling and walking link from Tralee Road to Lochnell Primary School in Benderloch.
Aileen Morton, Argyll and Bute Council leader, said:
“As a council we are committed to doing what we can to encourage our communities to live active and healthy lives. This welcome funding from Sustrans means we can undertake projects which will contribute to achieving a smarter, safer, healthier and greener Argyll and Bute and Scotland.
“We look forward to see the projects being completed and we will continue to work with partners including Sustrans, Paths for All and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, to continually improve facilities for cyclists and walkers in Argyll and Bute.”
Sustrans Scotland Community Links Manager, Tom Bishop, said:
“We hope this funding will help to encourage more people living in Argyll and Bute to walk and cycle for more of the journeys them make every day.
“We look forward to working with the council to ensure the successful delivery of the projects.”
Note to News Editors
Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Programme provides grant funding to local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland’s Sustainable Transport team and, since 2010 has funded more than 500 projects across Scotland.
Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. It connects people and places, creates liveable neighbourhoods, transforms the school run and delivers a happier, healthier commute.