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Popular Access Lincoln project set to continue

7 March 2017

Lincolnshire County Council has been awarded a £975,000 grant from the Department for Transport meaning the project will now continue to 2020.

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Combined with additional funding from the county council, the City of Lincoln Council, Stagecoach and Lincolnshire Sport, it means the project will be able to build on the successes of its current work, which has encouraged more people to travel in a healthier, more environmentally-friendly way.

Among its most high-profile achievements are the launch of the popular Hirebike service, improvements to North Hykeham and Swinderby train stations, and new footways and cycleways in the Hykeham area.

The county council is now working with partners to plan the next three years of activities.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said:

“Over the last few years, Access Lincoln has significantly boosted the number of people cycling, walking and using public transport in the city and North Hykeham.

“In that time, we’ve seen the usage of Hykeham train station double, while there have been over 11,000 journeys made using the Hirebikes.

“This additional funding will allow us to continue that valuable work.

“This project not only helps people improve their health and quality of life by encouraging them to be more active, but can also bring economic benefits.

“By making it easier for people to get around, we’re opening up new employment, training and education opportunities for them.

“In addition, we’ve also worked with over 100 local businesses, helping them encourage staff to choose a more sustainable mode of travel.

“That means happier, healthier, more productive staff, and that’s good news for the local economy.

“I look forward to building on these achievements over the next three years.”

For more information on Access Lincoln visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/accesslincoln.

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