The funding is being drawn from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund and will benefit the travel schemes that predominately focus on reducing cars journeys.

One scheme being carried out in the Tyne and Wear area encourages families to use push bikes for the school run and will receive £609,000 of funding, while a scheme in West Yorkshire, which aims to help job seekers access work through sustainable modes of transport, will receive £590,000.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “These successful schemes have changed how people travel, with communities now making healthier and greener choices”.

Other schemes include an initiative, also in the Tyne and Wear area, which will receive £295,000 and aims to make cycling, walking and using public transport more appealing on the A1 Western Bypass corridor and a scheme to make walking and cycling more appealing in Redditch will be awarded £110,000.

Leigh Stringer

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