Green light for £1.4 million sustainable travel project

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in Partnership with ENGIE, have been successful in securing more than £440,000 to improve sustainable travel in the borough.Caption: Pictured at Grimsby Cycle Hub are Cllr Jane Hyldon-King (NELC), Anthony Snell (ENGIE) and Janine Walker (Cycle Hub).

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in Partnership with ENGIE, have been successful in securing more than £440,000 to improve sustainable travel in the borough.

Out of a total of 59 bids to the Department for Transport, only 23 were successful, and the bid submitted by NELC was compiled by a number of key partners who also committed to funds to bring the total project figure to £1.4 million.

The project submitted – Delivering Growth Through Sustainable Travel – will result in a programme of activities to help people to access work and training opportunities in more rural areas of the borough. The project also has a strong emphasis on access to the South Humber Bank Enterprise Zone.

Cllr David Watson, deputy leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

It’s essential that we remove any barriers we can that prevent people, especially young people, from travelling to and from places of work and training.

We’re proud of our strong public transport services in North East Lincolnshire and this funding will help us build on these links to encourage more sustainable and active modes of travel around the borough.

Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, added:

This is excellent news. This money will allow us to build on the good transport networks that we already have here and will make the area much more travel friendly.

We should be proud of what we are achieving as an area.

Janine Walker, managing director of the Cycle Hub, said:

The development will be a real boost for the community. We’ve had people coming in every week since the news broke, asking when these projects will begin to take shape.

We have been very fortunate to receive some of this money.

The project will see a number of schemes implemented which include:

  • Cycle Challenge 2016 – enabling this successful event to be delivered once again this year in the autumn
  • Active travel initiatives, promotions and events – a number of community events around active travel options, maintenance of cycles etc
  • Cycle training – tailored cycle training to meet people’s needs
  • Cycle Hub at Cleethorpes Railway Station – development of new hub in Cleethorpes offering repairs, maintenance and cycle hire
  • Wheels to Work – extension of the existing scheme to enable people to access work
  • Area wide travel planning – assisting individuals and businesses on sustainable travel
  • ans and options to suit them
  • Sustainable Travel Grants – support for businesses to invest in infrastructure or schemes to encourage staff to travel using sustainable transport methods
  • Kick Start 5 Bus Service – extension of the number five bus service which serves Grimsby and Immingham.

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