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Debates and questions

S5W-29593: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 3 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with North Lanarkshire Council regarding increasing and improving cycle and walking routes to promote active travel (a) in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency and (b) across the local authority area.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 17 June 2020

The Scottish Government grant funds Sustrans Scotland to deliver cycling and walking infrastructure in partnership with local authorities mainly through the Places for Everyone programme. This programme is currently paused due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, £30 million of grant funding for Places for Everyone has been repurposed into a programme for temporary active travel infrastructure: Spaces for People. This programme supports active travel whilst physical distancing and staying safe from traffic.

Sustrans has recently engaged with North Lanarkshire Council on the refresh of their active travel strategy, as well as during the process of awarding Places for Everyone project funding. Projects in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency have received funding of nearly £109,000 over 2018-19-2020-21. Across the wider local authority areas, funding allocations have been made totalling nearly £950,000 over 2018-19-2020-21.

In addition, North Lanarkshire Council have been awarded Spaces for People funding of £567,000, which includes project works in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency.