£75m Active Travel Investment will encourage more walking and cycling in Ogmore
Several active travel schemes have been selected to receive a Welsh Government funding boost of more than £53 million this year, with more than £20 million to follow – showing a significant increase from the first active travel budget of £5 million.
The benefits of this additional funding will be seen across Ogmore with a £3 million Active Travel fund and additional £175 thousand through the Safe Routes in Communities project. Local residents will see first- hand the benefits of these investments via improved footpaths, cycle routes and park improvements.
The newly announced Active Travel Fund will include 44 larger schemes and packages of schemes across Welsh local authorities. It will also support 21 schemes across Wales through the Safe Routes in Communities grant, which focuses on creating safe walking and cycling routes around schools. All of this is part of the £210 million funding package aimed at supporting the new transport strategy of the Welsh Government.
Huw Irranca-Davies, Member of the Senedd for Ogmore welcomed the planned investments saying: “It’s fantastic to see additional funding coming into Bridgend and Ogmore for new active travel routes, helping people shift their travel from sitting in a car to healthy cycling and walking. With the support of Welsh Government funding, Bridgend has consistently been one of the top local authorities for investing in active travel, and I’m glad to see how their engagement locally with partners like Pencoed Town Council are helping shape these routes too.”
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Walters also emphasised the importance of the increased funding on active travel. “Our investment will lead to better connected towns and cities and contributes to efforts to tackle the climate emergency, cut congestion, improve public health and clean up our air quality.”
Funding refers to the 2021-22 financial year.
A full list of schemes, broken down by local authority, is available here: https://gov.wales/active-travel-fund-grants-awarded-2021-2022 / https://llyw.cymru/teithio-llesol-grantiau-ddyfarnwyd-yn-2021-i-2022
Llwybr Newydd can be seen here: https://gov.wales/llwybr-newydd-wales-transport-strategy-2021 / https://llyw.cymru/llwybr-newydd-strategaeth-drafnidiaeth-cymru-2021