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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Vote for a sustainable transport network

Voting is now open online in “The People’s £50 million” competition for the Big Lottery at http://www.thepeoples50million.org.uk/. I am supporting Sustrans' ‘Connect2’ programme as it is the only bid that will directly benefit Wales as well as providing a strong environmental case.

This project is an ambitious UK-wide project that will enable millions of people to make everyday journeys in a way that is good for their health and the environment. It will, if successful, transform local travel in 79 cities, towns and villages across the UK by creating new walking and cycling routes, bringing in a grant of up to £50 million.

New bridges and crossings will be created over the busy roads, railway lines and rivers that currently stop people getting around by foot or bike. Each crossing will link to a network of walking and cycling routes, making it possible for people to get directly and safely to the shops, school, work, parks and beyond. Connect2 will help put people back in touch with their local area, their family and their friends.

The following schemes are planned within Wales (with full details available at http://www.sustransconnect2.org.uk/):

Pontypridd: University Links and Connections
Rhyl: Bridge at Foryd Harbour, River Clwyd
Port Talbot to Cwmafan and Afan Forest Park
Newport to Caerleon
Monmouth: Local Connections
Merthyr Tydfil: Penydarren Tramway
Gowerton, Penclawdd and Crofty
Conwy and Penmaenmawr
Clydach: Afon Tawe Bridge
Carmarthen: Riverside Links
Cardiff: The Ely River Connection

This proposal will not only benefit the people who live close to the proposed schemes, but people across the whole of Wales. Obesity and climate change are big challenges, but with the introduction of schemes such as these we can each play our part in tackling them. The more we can get ourselves active in our everyday lives, and the more opportunities we have to travel under our own power for local journeys, the more chance we all have of changing our world.

Sustrans needs a great deal of support to make this project a reality. Connect2 is competing on TV against other projects in the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘The People’s £50 Million Contest’. The winner will be chosen in December on an ITV programme Living Landmarks: The People's Millions through a televised public vote.

Please consider casting a vote in favour of the scheme this December. Voting will only take place online at http://www.thepeoples50million.org.uk/, and by telephone vote following the TV show on ITV1 in December, so I would urge you all to cast your vote as soon as possible.
Don't Let the English Get All the Lottery Money! A vote for CONNECT2 is a Vote for Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales

Tel 0870 24 24 602 Thank you!!
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