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Application for a new cycle route on A5183 Redbourn Road to St Albans rejected by the government because funding is only available for urban routes

Application for a new cycle route on A5183 Redbourn Road to St Albans rejected by the government because funding is only available for urban routes

SADC is calling for greater local control of emergency funds for active travel after proposals to spend money on a new cycle route on the A5183 road between Redbourn and St Albans linking existing cycles routes (Nicky Line, the Green Ring and Alban Way) were rejected.

The scheme was supported by councillors and a petition signed by nearly 2000 residents. However, it failed to meet the government criteria which favoured urban routes and cycle lanes which could be fitted into existing road space.

County Councillor Annie Brewster will be taking the matter up with the transport secretary arguing for future funds for active travel to be allocated by Herts County Council not central government. Given the health and environmental benefits of walking and cycling plus the sparse and limited bus services in more rural areas it is important decisions can be made at a local level by representatives that know their communities best and RPC too will continue to lobby the county council on this matter.

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Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2020 11:32 by Parish Admin

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