Written by Gareth Joy

£800k funding boost for active travel

6th October 2021

More than £800,000 will be spent on active travel projects across the Vale.

Welsh Government funding has been approved for five schemes aimed at improving walking and cycling routes - and potentially creating new ones - in the county.

Among the projects, £250,000 will be used to create a new toucan crossing near Walston Castle in Wenvoe, as well as installing dropped kerbs, seating and murals.

£220,000 has been earmarked for five new active routes will be created, including Cowbridge to Ystradowen and Culverhouse Cross to St Nicholas, along with new cycle counters and cycle parking.

Lee Waters, the deputy minister for climate change, who also oversees transport, said: ''We know that getting people out of cars for short journeys to cycle or walk is an ambitious agenda, but if we’re to meet our net zero carbon emission target by 2050 we need to take action now.''

''Having the right infrastructure in place is key to encouraging more people to feel safe to walk and cycle and that’s why we’ve committed to investing significant funding in active travel this year.''

In Penarth, around £200,000 will go towards two new docking stations for OVO bikes, along with a scheme from Barons Court to Penarth Road.

There's also an £120,000 grant to extend a route outside the Gathering Place in St Athan - which could also be extended to Rhoose, pending a council inquiry into its viability.

A further £45,000 will go towards data analysis, publicity and promotion of active travel.

Vale Council said it secured the funding for the projects by using information from its ongoing public consultation.

Councillor Peter King, the cabinet member for transport, said: ''I’m delighted we have been able to secure this funding, which will go towards enhancing existing active travel schemes and exploring the possibility of creating even more, particularly in the western Vale.''

''Encouraging cycling and walking is not only good for individual health, it also benefits the environment.''

''Having declared a climate emergency, schemes such as these form an important part of our Project Zero initiative, which aims to significantly reduce carbon emission levels across the county.''

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