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Cheshire East Council is to develop new schemes to promote cycling and walking in the borough after being awarded £588,000 by the government.

The grant follows a successful bid by the council for a second phase of active travel funding from the Department for Transport.

The money will be used to encourage walking and cycling to boost health and help tackle obesity, as well as improve routes to schools and workplaces and access to our town centres.

Along with the ongoing government support to the borough’s bus services, these measures are designed to ensure local transport networks can serve all travel needs during the Covid pandemic and should help reduce congestion.

The latest announcement follows £155,000 of first-phase funding, in August, which saw the development of eight emergency active travel schemes across seven Cheshire East towns. These schemes were developed following submissions by town and parish councils and borough councillors, which identified many ideas for potential measures in their communities.

The latest phase of schemes will be refined and subject to public consultation in the new year, before being finalised and implemented. Unlike the first-phase emergency temporary schemes, it is intended that these new schemes will be permanent.

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