Emergency Transport Funding
Nottinghamshire County Council’s new Resilience, Recovery and Renewal Committee met today to discuss new temporary measures to help pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users travel safely across the county.
The emergency schemes, funded by the Department for Transport at a cost of £263k, will include pop up cycle lanes, pavement widening and vehicle restrictions to make it easier for residents to social distance when out and about.
The temporary safety measures have been designed to be accessible for all and to relieve pressure points in busy areas, while not causing detriment to any local bus operators.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee who is responsible for highways work in Notts said: “This money will fund schemes which will help local people go about their daily lives with the social distancing restrictions in place.
“I am delighted to see a big increase in the number of people walking and cycling across the county and I want to encourage this to continue. I also want to make sure that it as safe as possible and this funding will help us to do that.
“The County Council is working to implement the first round of schemes while also developing a programme of work for the second round of Government funding which will meet the criteria set.”
The next round of DfT funding needs to be applied for by early August and discussions are in place to ensure the criteria for the bid are met.