Bid made for eco-transport

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A BID for £3.9m has been launched to improve green-friendly transport links to national parks.

Hampshire County Council and other authorities are hoping to get government funding to reduce the impact of traffic on the South Downs National Park, as well as the New Forest National Park.

The aim is to improve public transport, walking and cycling links into and within the national parks and reduce the need to use a car.

Allison Thorpe, who leads sustainable transport policy for the South Downs National Park, said: ‘We know that transport can be a challenge in parts of the park where congestion, traffic noise and poor air quality can affect people’s enjoyment and threaten vulnerable sites.

‘This funding would help us to encourage and enable visitors and residents to make more sustainable travel choices.’

A decision is expected later this month on whether the bid has been successful.