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North West receives share of £3.8m Cycling and Walking to Work Fund

The North West will receive shares of a £3.8 million Cycling and Walking to Work Fund to help people connect with employment and apprenticeships.

Announced by the government’s Department for Transport, the cash boost is part of a wider £64m investment to help make walking and cycling a natural choice for shorter journeys by 2040.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be awarded £1.5m over the next 12 months and £0.77m has been earmarked for the Liverpool City Region.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority will receive the remaining £1.5m portion of the Cycling and Walking to Work Fund.

Transport minister Andrew Jones says: “This investment will help people access jobs, education and training – specifically targeting those looking to get back into work, as part of our relentless drive to make this is a country that works for everyone.”

With 25 local authority bidders across the country also securing shares of a £60m Sustainable Travel Access Fund for 2017-2020, Stephen Joseph, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport, adds: “We strongly welcome this announcement of the access fund projects and the new cycling and walking to work fund.

“The evidence suggests that these kinds of projects can remove barriers to work, help local communities and businesses and also tackle local transport problems by giving people attractive alternatives to car use.

“We look forward to working with the government, the authorities involved, and other organisations to develop and learn from these projects.”