North Lincolnshire Council has been awarded £469,200 of the Government’s £21m Sustainable Travel Fund.
The funding will support the recently launched CallConnect bus service and a number of cycling initiatives that will be launched across North Lincolnshire throughout next year.
Twenty-three sustainable travel initiatives across the country were each awarded a share of the Government fund. The aim of the scheme is to boost local economies by supporting people to get to work and education using a cheap, clean and healthy travel option.
The CallConnect flexible bus service is already available in the Brigg, Ridge, Barton and Ferry ward areas. Many people have already registered for the service and bookings continue to increase each week. The service allows people to book and be collected from their local area at a time convenient to them. Travel passes can be used.
Coun Rob Waltham, Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is fantastic news that the Government is continuing to invest in North Lincolnshire. Sustainable transport offers people a cheap and healthy way to access jobs and education. The Callconnect flexible bus service improves transport opportunities in rural communities and market towns where there is an infrequent conventional bus service.
“Our new cycling schemes will make a real difference to residents and businesses by helping to cut congestion and improve air quality. Residents will be given the skills, confidence and resources to travel on two wheels.
“This is a significant investment that will boost our local economy by supporting people to get to their place of work or education. We are already investing nearly £1million over the next four years in linking the communities off the Ancholme valley and throughout the Isle of Axholme into Scunthorpe, so this extra funding is a welcome boost for our already exciting plans for North Lincolnshire.”