1. ITV Report

Norwich and Cambridge get more 'Cycle Ambition' funding

Cambridge and Norwich to benefit from a share of £6.5 million of Government funding Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge and Norwich are to benefit from more than £2 million of Government money to improve cycling safety.

They have been among eight cycle ambition cities since 2013.

The money is coming from a Government pot of £6.5 million.

The cash will go towards improving crossings and access for cyclists and pedestrians in the following places:

  • £1,040,000 for the Green Pedalway in Norwich.
  • £685,000 for the Earlham Fiveways roundabout.
  • £550,000 for the Fendon Road roundabout in Cambridge near Addenbrooke's.

I want us to become a nation of cyclists, and to make cycling the natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, we want to encourage still more people to take up cycling. We are determined to make cycling safer and easier across the country.

This funding, as part of our overall cycling and walking strategy, will help local councils to make their roads safer for everyone.

– Cycling Minister Jesse Norman

The other cycle city ambition cities to be announced so far after successful bids are:

  • Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester

In February, the Department for Transport invited bids from Cycle Ambition Cities to receive a share of £6.5 million of funding to trial new schemes aimed at improving road safety and to get more people cycling safely.

Since February's announcement the Government has identified 6 winning Cycle Ambition City bids and is contributing over £7 million of investment to these cities this year as part of the Department for Transport's Cycle Safety Review.

The new pot of money is the third tranche of cash the cities have received since 2013.