Government awards £62m for cycling

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NEW and improved cycleways are on the cards for Hampshire and West Sussex after a massive funding boost.

The Department for Transport yesterday announced a £62m investment in cycling across England.

This includes a fund of £12m in potential funding for rural areas covered by national parks and will be made available to local authorities working with national parks.

Trevor Beattie, chief executive for the South Downs National Park Authority, based in Midhurst, West Sussex, said: ‘There is huge potential to improve cycle routes across the South Downs National Park and we are very excited about the opportunity this fund presents to create new and safer routes, both for commuters and people cycling for pleasure.

‘Situated in the most populous area of England and as the closest national park to London we are keen to encourage greater use of both public and sustainable transport.’