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UK go lakes project gets £1m plus government investment

Soft mobility destination scores £1 million cash injection by UK Government opens doors to a further £2 million

The project will focus on transforming how visitors travel to and around the Central and Southern Lake District, enabling them to make greater use of sustainable modes of travel and reduce car journeys.

The additional funding will enable the project to deliver integrated travel plans and travel enhancements from four visitor gateways - Carlisle to Hadrian's Wall; Penrith into the Ullswater valley; Keswick into Borrowdale; and the south eastern approaches into the central Lake District.

It will include:

  • Kickstart funding for shuttle services and water transport
  • Pay-as-you-drive car hire and electric Twizy networks
  • Development of the Cumbria Cycleway

The £1 million from the LSTF fund will unlock over £2 million private investment into the county's transport network.

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, said: "The visitor economy is worth billions to Cumbria. It's fantastic news that Government has once again recognised this in committing this funding to the county.

"As the Lake District moves towards becoming a World Heritage Site alongside Hadrian's Wall, this programme will make sure that travelling to and around these sites is of truly world class quality.

"We have to think differently about how we improve the county's transport offer, and this is proof that there are ways of attracting significant funding for the county."

A separate bid by Cumbria County Council to the DfT's Local Sustainable Transport Fund for funding for a six-month pilot scheme delivering Sunday services along the Cumbrian Coast Line was unsuccessful.

Valere Tjolle @ValereTjolle [email protected]


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