Statement from Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

Statement from Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, in response to yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister of £2bn investment in cycling and walking infrastructure.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said: “The Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday about investment in cycling and walking mirrors the thinking we have in Essex about being safer, greener and healthier.

“We should all have the right to healthier streets, access to safe walking and cycling networks and the ability to be able to enjoy cycling and walking.  Cycling and walking is at the forefront of our decision making. If walking and cycling is easy, safe and fun it will become the default option for those shorter journeys. The sustainability and environmental impacts cannot go unnoticed if we can help people move to active travel.

“In Essex we have a list of schemes we want to take forward to transform the county; we are assessing our cycling network identifying areas of best practice and areas that need improvement and investment. This funding announced today will help local authorities plan in a long-term way and help us ensure sustainable travel is the first choice for journeys – great news for our environment, for public health and for our Essex communities.”