In today’s Budget three announcements offer the chance of a positive year for people on foot.
The £420million allocated to fix Britain’s pothole problem, the extra £680million for the Transforming Cities Fund and £650million to rejuvenate our High Streets and attract footfall, all address the need for our streets to be more attractive and accessible for all. But is it enough?
Joe Irvin, CEO of charity Living Streets, says:
“The Chancellor needs to apply this money to mend pavements as well as roads, make junctions safer and revitalise walkable High Streets. But much more investment in walking and cycling is needed to improve health, and tackle congestion and pollution. We are joining calls for 5 per cent of the government's transport budget to be devoted to walking and cycling.”