£27m funding for active travel in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed a number of active travel projects, totalling £27 million of investment, across Scotland.

The projects, including a new walking and cycling route in the north of Glasgow, the regeneration of Ayr town centre and green infrastructure travel links in Aberdeen, are amongst more than 200 across Scotland receiving a total of £27 million of funding through walking and cycling charity, Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland.

By improving walking, cycling and wheeling links in communities across the country, and making it safer and easier for people to choose more active and sustainable ways of travelling for shorter journeys, the projects will also be supporting government’s priorities to reduce carbon emissions from transport.

Sturgeon said: “On climate change Scotland is leading globally - but we must support local action too. We are investing over £500 million in new bus priority infrastructure, to make journeys faster, greener and more convenient. We want people to walk and cycle more too - reducing our carbon footprint and improving our health.

“So I can announce today new investment for local projects the length and breadth of our nation. From Ayr to Aberdeen, a fund of £27 million will support more than 200 schemes to make it easier for people to cycle and to walk. That is acting locally as we lead globally in making our contribution to tackling the climate emergency.”