Funding for more national park cycling

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THE government’s announcement of £62m to be spent on cycling in England has been welcomed by South Downs National Park.

The announcement 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 of South Downs National Park Authority, 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 to and within the South Downs National Park.

‘We will be working with Sustrans, local highways authorities and other groups and organisations to take full advantage of this new funding.’

Sustrans is a charity that works to enable people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more everyday journeys.