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Sustrans Wins £50m Lottery Bid!

Stop Climate Chaos coalition members Sustrans, are to receive £50 million of lottery funding for their ambitious UK-wide Connect2 project.

The UK's leading sustainable transport charity saw of competition from three other causes to win ‘The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway’. The winner was chosen by the British public through an internet and phone vote that closed on Monday (10 December).

Connect2 aims to transform local travel in 79 cities, towns and villages through building bridges and crossings over main roads, rivers and railways.

The new crossings will link into a network of paths that will enable direct and continuous access to local schools, shops, workplaces and green spaces, all while greatly improving mobility for both pedestrians and cyclists.

"This is fantastic news, and thanks to everyone who voted for Sustrans’ Connect2," said John Grimshaw MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Sustrans. "We start work on delivering Connect2 in January 2008. Our local authority partners are poised ready to go, and will be adding matched funding from their own transport and other budgets.

Sustrans has calculated that, when completed, Connect2 schemes will carry over 60 million journeys a year with a potential carbon saving of 79,000 tonnes.

“This is a five year project and, in total, we have already identified nearly £100 million of local authority funding to support Connect2, and we are working hard to bring even more funding to the project so that we can ensure as many people as possible benefit from Connect2," added Mr Grimshaw.

Congratulations from all of us at I Count.

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published 16:34 - 12 December 2007