Nicola Sturgeon announces doubling of Scottish active travel budget
Wales led the world with ground-breaking legislation that now risks being left behind, Sustrans Cymru has said today.
The leading walking and cycling charity was responding to the news that the Scottish Government will double its investment in active travel to £80m a year.
In March this year economy secretary Ken Skates announced £31.4m of investment in transport schemes, which part fund active travel improvements.
As political parties in Wales prepare for this autumn’s budget talks, Sustrans Cymru has called for a renewed commitment to walking and cycling.
Steve Brooks National Director of Sustrans Cymru said:
‘‘From improving an individual’s health and mental well-being through to cutting congestion and improving air quality, we know walking and cycling provide a whole range of benefits.
Wales should be rightly proud of the landmark legislation we passed in 2013 to make it easier for people to walk and cycle, but without proper funding we risk being stuck in the slow lane.
As political parties in Wales prepare for this autumn’s budget it is vital that increased investment in active travel is made a priority.’’
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