Funding for safety scheme

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CYCLISTS’ safety should be improved by a newly-approved scheme worth £400,000.

The project on the Elsecar Greenway section of the Trans-Pennine Trail and Cortonwood retail park access road is to be co-funded by the Department for Transport and Barnsley Council.

Government money for the scheme was announced yesterday, when Transport Minister Norman Baker unveiled a £40 million pot to improve the layout of roads at 78 locations.

He said: “Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion. It is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.

“Ensuring this funding is targeted where improvements will make a real difference to cyclists is just one way we are ensuring this trend continues.

“This is part of the £107m investment we have announced in cycling infrastructure over the last year, over and above the £600m we have invested through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.”

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Keeping people safe on our roads is of paramount importance to me. This money will enable local authorities to put in place well targeted measures to protect cyclists.”