A cycleway has moved a step closer as more than £2 million of funding has been approved.
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership made a successful bid to the government’s Local Growth Fund which will be added to an investment of £3 million by Lancashire County Council to pay for the East Lancashire Strategic cycleway.
The scheme will see the completion of the The Accrington to Ramsbottom section of National Cycle Network Route 6, a mostly off-road route which follows an old railway line between Helmshore and Accrington.
It will also see the completion of The ‘Valley of Stone’, a mostly off-road route linking Whitworth and Rawtenstall through the Rossendale Valley.
The cash injection is part of the £251.1m Growth Deal to support economic growth secured by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s successful bid to the government’s Growth Fund.
The cycle routes, due for completion in 2018/19, will link together and complement existing cycling infrastructure to create a strategic network. Work is ongoing to identify the individual schemes needed to join up existing paths to create the full routes.
Edwin Booth, chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: “Improving sustainable transport options is vital to widen access to economic opportunities and this investment will have a real impact by making cycling attractive and accessible to many more people in East Lancashire.
“These schemes complement the multi million pound investments which the LEP is already making to deliver the transport infrastructure we need to support our economy and attract further investment into the county.”