£15m boost for walking and cycling in Scotland

OVER £15m in grant funding has been awarded to support the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure in Scotland over the next year.

A total of 44 organisations, including local authorities, housing associations, national parks and community trusts are set to be awarded funding from Sustrans Scotland's Community Links programme, which is backed by Transport Scotland.

The projects will address busy roads and dangerous junctions to make it easy for people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday routine.

All 225 schemes will be required to match the funding from Sustrans.

Humza Yousaf MSP, minister for transport, said "Since 2010, more than £100m has been invested in the Community Links programme providing grant funding for over 700 cycling and walking projects.

"The applications demonstrate real innovation and enthusiasm

Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to increasing active travel rates.

"Since 2010, more than £100m has been invested in the Community Links programme providing grant funding for over 700 cycling and walking projects.

“The applications demonstrate real innovation and enthusiasm to deliver improved and innovative environments for walking and cycling to take place in Scotland."

Daisy Narayanan of Sustrans Scotland added: "The high quality of the applications to our Community Links programme, demonstrates the continued commitment from current and new partners to creating safe and accessible walking and cycling routes across the country.

"We have worked hard to carefully select those of the highest quality to fund and we look forward to working with all our partners to ensure the successful delivery of their projects."