The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced funding for the new three-year Access Fund for sustainable transport initiatives.

Living Streets is pleased to be a successful recipient of the Walk To funding in a consortium with 10 local authority partners, the lead of which is Blackpool Borough Council. The £7.5m pot will fund initiatives for promoting and encouraging walking throughout England for three years.

Other local authorities involved in the bid with are Buckinghamshire County Council, Hampshire County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Leicester City Council, North East Combined Authority, North Lincolnshire Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council. 

Walk to school

The Access Fund will help us to create a walking nation and help local authorities across England to encourage active travel. The more of us who walk our short, everyday journeys, the less congestion and pollution we’ll be living with and the healthier we and our economies will be. Places in which it is more attractive to walk and cycle are vital to a smarter modern economy

Joe Irvin, CEO, Living Streets

As delivery partner for this consortium, Living Streets will work with over one thousand primary schools and 55 post-primary institutions to encourage walking. It will also help people in 55 workplaces to introduce more walking into their everyday.

Access fund bid (link)

For more information, please contact Kathryn Shaw or Tanya Braun on 020 7377 4914 or 07545 209865 (out of hours).