27 November 2017
Government promises investment in towns along HS2 route
The Government has announced a pot of £30 million to be handed out between towns and villages along the controversial HS2 rail route, with aims of enhancing road safety.
HS2 Minister Paul Maynard announced the cash injection for 13 areas along Phase One of the high-speed link between London and the West Midlands.
The funding can be used to implement traffic calming, improved pedestrian crossings and safer junctions for road users.
Mr Maynard called the funding a "significant investment" that will leave a "legacy" of road and cycle safety improvements.
He continued: "As part of Europe's biggest infrastructure project, we are minimising the effects of building the new railway as much as possible.
"This money will see areas up and down the route benefit from high quality road and cycle safety projects to ensure that England's roads remain among the safest in the world."
Chief executive of the HS2 project, Mark Thurston, says the impact of the rail link's development on local communities is of fundamental importance.
"We all have a responsibility to ensure that the new funding leaves a positive local legacy of improved road safety for communities once HS2 is complete," he added.
Earlier this month, a £5 million Woodland Fund was announced aimed at support local landowners in creating new woodland areas and restoring existing sites along the route.