All the campaigning for Sustran’s Connect2 project has paid off as it has won £50m of lottery funding to enable bridges and other infrastructure to be built to aid walking and cycling. The £50m goes a long way as it is to be match funded by the local councils that have proposed the 79 schemes so a total closer to £150m is going to be spent on these schemes.
The Bury scheme local to me, called the Woolfold Gap, will put a bridge across a valley where a railway bridge used to exist. The bridge will help link just under 2 miles of existing traffic free trail to Bury town centre and will divert cyclists away from the busy Bury Bridge junction. It will also form part of NCN route 6.
By the way £50m is the estimated cost of building 1 mile of new motorway.