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Go Lakes scheme aims to reduce carbon emissions by 11,000 tonnes

A travel scheme in the Lake District has been announced that aims to encourage more people to use environmentally friendly transport when they visit the Lakes.

The plan aims to inspire visitors to change their behaviours and use public transport or bikes where they can.

The program includes nine interlocking projects including improved cycleways , more and better bus stops, more frequent bus services, a low emission car hire network, the expansion of an electric cycle network and better transport information. Councillor Tim Knowles said;

"This is a real opportunity to provide a change to the mind set of visitors coming to the Lake District. There will be really significant tangible improvements to the quality of the sustainable transport options that are available as well as improvements to the information available, to help make it easy for people to plan their trips. People come to the Lake District because it is a beautiful clean place to visit and if we can convince people to use buses or bikes it will help to keep it a clean and green place to be."

– Councillor Tim Knowles, Cumbria County Council

The program is costing £6.9 million and aims to save up to 11,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions by 2015 with continued reductions after that. it also aims to generate an additional £7million in revenue and create 100 jobs.