SWANSEA Council has received confirmation of £5.1m of Active Travel funding after successfully bidding to the Welsh Government for the money
The grant, which is part of a £30 million package the WG is providing across Wales for 2020/21 and will help to create new cycle and pedestrian routes across different parts of the city.
A report set to be discussed at a special cabinet meeting on July 30 will seek to approve a number of schemes.
Almost half of the grant (£2.467m) will help fund the City Centre Links programme – a scheme which involves creating a number of individual sections of the permanent cycleway. It will include a 1.4km route connecting the Townhill community to Carmarthen Road and a further 1.2km route at Townhill Road, helping to provide improved cycle links near local schools and other amenities.
The City Centre Links scheme will also see 600m of shared cycle path created along St Helen’s Road.
The funding will also contribute towards the Swansea Central Bridge, which, when finished will feature cycle and pedestrian facilities and will link up with existing national cycle networks.
£1.8m will help fund a series of cycling routes in and around the Sketty and Mayals communities with more than 6km of cycle tracks being created – enabling more than 8,000 households to be within 500m of a safe, purpose-built cycle route.
Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “This is fantastic news for Swansea and deserved recognition for the innovative planning we have shown in our ambition to link up different communities throughout Swansea, enabling people to cycle safely without needing to go on a road.
“The funding provided by the WG is the largest settlement we have received so far and appears to be a substantial percentage of the overall money available across Wales.
“We are serious about making cycling a sustainable alternative mode of transport for those in Swansea who want to either commute to work or simply cycle for pleasure.
“We already have 118km of cycle track in the city with 16km created in the last two years.
“This latest grant will ensure we continue with the hard work to create new cycle routes that not only link up communities in Swansea but also assist us in developing better, sustainable transport links across the region.”
Previous grant settlements awarded to Swansea Council under the Active Travel programme have resulted in £8.1million invested in cycle routes and more recently, the council received £600,000 as part of the WG aims to increase cycling during the coronavirus pandemic.