The government has boosted funds for cycle safety by £40 million it was announced by Transport Minister, Norman Baker. The money will be used to improve safety for cyclists on dangerous roads and at notorious junctions around the country, with transport charity Sustrans helping to decide which local safety schemes are likely to have the most impact on safety.
Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced an input of £40 million of government funds to improve safety for UK cyclists. The money will fund 78 cycle safety schemes around the country, resulting in more simplified road layouts, the reallocation of road space and alterations to the layout of dangerous junctions.
Sustrans is a leading transport charity that has been instrumental in helping the government decide which schemes are the most urgent in terms of safety. The financial boost is part of the Department of Transport’s commitment to improving the cycling infrastructure of the UK, with cyclists’ safety as the number one priority.
Top law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, welcomed news of the planned schemes and a spokesperson from the company said:
“With so many cars on the roads these days cyclists are exposed to the danger of accidents wherever they are. I’m sure this financial boost by the government will help to prevent serious injury and even death by giving more consideration to cyclists everywhere.”
He went on to say:
“We deal with hundreds of RTA compensation claims involving cyclists in a year, and any attempt to protect them is a step in the right direction.”
Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond was quoted as saying:
“Keeping people safe on our roads is of paramount importance to me. This money will enable local authorities to put in place well targeted measures to protect cyclists across the country.”
The £40 million is made up of £20 million pounds directly from the government, and £20 million from local authorities on a match-funding basis. The area which will receive the most money is the north-west of England, with £14.77 million allocated to schemes in that region. London is not included in the payout as it receives funding directly from Transport for London.
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