Milton Keynes will receive a £684,750 boost to greener, active transport as part of the Government’s Active Travel Fund.
The new funding can be used for projects such as cycleways, walk routes, traffic calming, and road safety could be improved by a ‘school streets’ scheme to close roads near schools during drop off and pick up.
The local council must consult local residents and businesses on any plans for the funding and should prove to the Government that they are meeting the needs of local people.
A survey had revealed 8 out of 10 people support measures to reduce road traffic and two-thirds support reallocating road space for active travel.
Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “During the pandemic we’ve already seen more people out walking, on their bikes and even on e-scooters here in MK so it’s vital we continue to encourage this healthy, green form of transport.
“This funding is extremely welcome as while cars remain important to many we must invest in greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.”
The funding is part of the Prime Minister's commitment of £2bn for cycling and walking and in line with the manifesto that saw the Conservative Party win a landslide victory at last year’s General Election.