The Bridgewater Way has been short
listed to be part of Sustrans ‘Connect 2’ bid for the Big Lottery Fund’s Living
Landmarks: The People’s Millions competition.
During April, we asked members of the
public to pledge their support of the scheme; which was for the Sale and
Stretford areas of the Bridgewater Way, to be short listed and incorporated as
part of Sustrans larger bid ‘Connect 2’.
The Bridgewater Way, would like to
thank all those who pledged their support for the scheme. Those schemes short
listed were based on feasibility of scheme, practicality, political support and
number of pledges. We have now been informed that the Bridgewater Way has been
made one of the final 79 schemes who will all benefit from funding if ‘Connect
2’ is successful in its bid.
Funding allocated to the Bridgewater
Way would allow for works in the Sale and Stretford areas of the Bridgewater
Way in Trafford to take place; particularly concentrating on improving the
quality and number of access points to the route as well as improving the
surface of the towpath itself.
The final Connect 2 list has been
whittled down from over 400 original submissions from Councils and other
organisations throughout the UK. After consultation, a shortlist of 130 projects
was compiled and registered on the Connect 2 website where members of the
public could pledge their support for each scheme. Through this process a final
list of 79 was then decided.
Nearly 5 million people live within a
mile of the 79 projects being submitted to the Big Lottery Fund.
John Grimshaw, Sustrans’ Chief
Executive, says: “Connect2 would transform the way people move around their
communities and have a positive impact on people’s health and the environment,
now and for generations to come. It is the most exciting Sustrans project since
we received a £43 million Lottery Grant in 1995, to develop the National Cycle
“So far we have had thousands of
messages of support for the projects. We urge people to continue to back
Connect2 in their area by pledging support on our website – www.sustransconnect2.org.uk. The more people we can engage, the more likely
Connect2 is to succeed.”
Please visit www.sustransconnect2.org.uk for more information on the Sustrans Connect 2 Bid