12 December 2007
Connect2 Win Lottery Bid! A Slice of £50m Lottery Cake For The Bridgewater Way Sale to Stretford Section!
Sustrans Connect2 bid have won the
Big Lottery Funds: The Peoples £50 million contest.
This now means the Bridgewater Way,
which was one of the 79 scheme within the Connect2 bid will receive funding for
works to the Sale to Stretford section of the Bridgewater Way to be undertaken.
This funding will particularly concentrate on improving the quality and number
of access points to the route as well as improving the surface of the towpath
Mike Butterworth of Peel said, “The
Bridgewater Way would like to thank all those who voted for the Connect2
scheme. Sustrans have done an excellent job at working with the schemes in
local areas to help bring this funding to the much needed causes for the 79
schemes involved. The funding received for the Bridgewater Way Sale to
Stretford Section will once again allow people to access the canal side more
readily and enjoy the beauty of the canal."
Cllr Kenneth Weston said: “I am
delighted that all the hard work put into the Connect2 bid has been successful.
This funding will be of real benefit to Trafford's cyclists and pedestrians,
enhancing the Sale and Stretford areas of the Bridgewater Way by improving the
towpath and access to it. I want to thank all the people in Trafford and across
the UK who voted for the scheme, as well as all the Trafford Council staff who
worked on the project in conjunction with the Bridgewater Canal Trust and
Bridgewater Way project team and will continue to do so."
John Grimshaw, Sustrans CEO, “This is a fantastic Christmas
present! We are delighted that Sustrans’ Connect2 has proved itself the
peoples’ favourite in the public vote and won the £50million from the Big
“We are immensely grateful to
Trafford and everyone who got behind The Bridgewater Way to make their votes
“As a massive public consultation
exercise Connect2 has engendered a huge amount of goodwill from all sectors. It
has confirmed our belief that people want to walk and cycle more when given the
right surroundings. But the hard work starts now and there will be a huge
amount to be done to make sure we fulfil all our obligations to the Big Lottery
Fund. Ultimately the real winners will be those thousands of people who will
now be able to Connect2 their shops, schools, workplaces and each other every