Welsh Government funding to promote cycling and walking routes in Wrexham

Local Member of the Senedd, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the £413,000 awarded to Wrexham to help improve cycling and walking facilities.

It forms part of the Welsh Government’s £38 million package, which represents the largest ever investment in promoting active travel in Wales.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all aspects of everyday life, including people’s travel habits.  More people are walking and cycling to work, shops and for recreational purposes than ever before.

Recent figures released by the retailer, Halfords suggest bike sales have surged during lockdown as more people seek to avoid public transport.

The Welsh Government wants to capitalise on this increase in demand and popularity and is hoping people continue to leave their cars at home post lockdown.

Coupled with the £15.4m announced last month, this latest Welsh Government announcement means a record amount is being spent this year on road safety schemes and improving active travel networks in Wales.

Lesley Griffiths MS said: “An unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is the visible increase in the number of people cycling and walking.”

“The Welsh Government is keen to grasp this opportunity for change and wants people to stay active and continue to live healthier lifestyles once the pandemic is over.”

“This record, £38m investment will fund projects that will make it safer and more appealing for children and adults to walk or cycle to and from school and work.”

“Having raised this funding opportunity with Wrexham Council back in May, I am pleased investment has been secured for local projects.”

Full list of the successful projects can be found here: https://gov.wales/active-travel-safe-routes-communities-and-road-safety-schemes-funding-allocations-local-authorities