Successful funding bid for Brierley Hill

More than £360,000 will be ploughed into routes around Brierley Hill, after a successful bid by Dudley Council for government funds. The Department for Transport has approved Dudley’s bid for £362,000 to support the Brierley Hill Active Travel Partnership project.

The project aims to promote and improve access to and within Brierley Hill and its surrounding areas to encourage future investment. It includes the development of new and improved active travel corridors for walking and cycling which will link surrounding communities with the area’s shops and businesses.

The travel partnership supports the Brierley Hill Action Plan which aims to steer investment into the town and shape future planning applications. Councillor Patrick Harley, cabinet member for transportation, said: “We are delighted that our bid for £362,000 has been successful in supporting the delivery of the £512,000 Brierley Hill Active Travel Partnership project.

“This is an important element in ensuring sustainable transport and local accessibility are integral in our drive to promote investment into Brierley Hill.” Work to develop the new travel routes will now begin in partnership with local communities, schools and businesses.

The funding has been made available under the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) which was set up to support economic growth by supporting local communities and tackling climate change.

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