Government funding secured to support Hampshire’s green and healthy COVID recovery

Hampshire County Council has received news today (13 November 2020) that its bid has been successful for £3.28million of national funding to be used on a range of measures to create better spaces for people walking and cycling

Nov 13 2020

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: “We welcome this Government funding which will be used to deliver a range of transport schemes supporting attractive alternatives to the car for shorter journeys, and encouraging appropriate re-balancing of transport to support walking and cycling in particular. The COVID-19 outbreak has, undoubtedly, changed travel for many of us.  This funding allows us to move forward, build on the initial changes we’ve made to reallocate road space, and work out the best way to help our local towns and high streets prosper while providing the right environments for people who want to continue walking and cycling for their daily journeys.”

The funding from the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Fund follows a successful bid earlier in the year for £863,000 for temporary pop-up measures to help people socially distance more easily as they returned to high streets and town centres after lockdown.   This saw over 40 new schemes across Hampshire, providing people with the space to travel by bike or by foot while keeping a safe social distance.

Councillor Humby continued: “The Minister has set clear expectations that this second tranche of schemes requires more public consultation than the initial temporary schemes installed in the summer; and we are committed to developing ones which work for our residents, and that work in Hampshire.

“By working closely with communities, local businesses and partners, I am confident we will see carefully considered schemes across the county which successfully balance the needs of all those who use Hampshire’s roads. 

“While I’m pleased at how quickly we were able to respond in the summer to secure funding from the Government’s first Emergency Active Travel Fund and install initiatives to support the local economy and protect public health following the Coronavirus lockdown, the conditions for this second, larger tranche of funding means we have more time to consult with communities and incorporate their feedback into our plans. We are committed to supporting a green and healthy recovery from the pandemic for everyone in Hampshire, one that supports local businesses and communities, reduces congestion, improves air quality, promotes access and helps people achieve better physical health and mental wellbeing.”

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