Southampton City Council have been awarded £1.7 million from the Government to enhance existing cycle infrastructure and introduce new cycle routes as part of their plan to promote active and sustainable travel and improve air quality in the city.
The funding will deliver improvements to three Southampton Cycling Network (SCN) routes identified in the Council's Cycling Strategy including
- A high quality segregated Cycle Freeway and associated wayfinding along The Avenue to complement and upgrade the existing facilities
- Delivery of an alternate route to Bitterne Road West in the east of the city
- The development of a series of Quietways to give all cyclists the ability to access local services and the cycling network
- Promotional and engagement work to encourage use of the infrastructure and cycling across the city and beyond
There will also be a contribution for an extension of the cycle infrastructure installation work currently underway along the Western Approach (SCN1) into Totton which is part of New Forest District Council's area to facilitate uptake of cycling for those travelling between the two areas. This is a positive outcome of the joint working partnership between the two Councils to improve air quality and address exceedances of the EU Air Quality Directive in both areas.
The funding has been awarded from a pot of more than £40 million from the Government's £255 million Implementation Fund to support local authorities to take action as soon as possible to improve air quality.
Mitch Sanders, Service Director for Transactions and Universal Services said: "We're delighted to have received this money which will be used to give people more choice when it comes to travelling around the city. Supporting people to cycle and to leave the car at home when possible will have a marked impact on some of the most polluted areas in Southampton. Improving air quality for everyone across the city is key to making it a place where people want to live, work and study."