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Five organisations in Scotland have been awarded £3.25M from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to develop active travel or low carbon transport hubs.

Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, made the announcement that five projects across Scotland have been successful in bidding for finance from the ERDF to support innovative hubs, which support the shift towards active or low carbon modes of travel and transportation.

The ERDF Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund was launched in December 2016. Open to public, third and community sector organisations, it is aimed at supporting the development of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. The fund will help deliver Transport Scotland’s objectives of encouraging greater every day journeys to be taken by walking, cycling and public transport as well as increasing the proportion of ultra-low emission vehicles on Scotland’s roads.

One of the five projects will be undertaken by Falkirk Council and its delivery partner Forth Environment Link. They will develop a public-facing active travel hub in Falkirk town centre and a low carbon vehicle hub at Falkirk Community Stadium. The Project will provide 20 electric vehicle charging bays and a 168-bay solar array to harness energy for charging at the low carbon hub.

The active travel hub will give the public greater access to bikes, e-bikes, facilities, maintenance equipment, education, and public bike share. In addition to this, efforts will be stepped up to attempt change behaviour to encourage healthier, greener travel choices.

Mr Yousaf commented: “The new hubs will contribute towards bringing us closer to these goals by enabling walking and cycling to be the norm for everyday journeys. By creating hubs that will also provide the facilities to support the uptake of low emission vehicles, such as electric vehicle charging points and hydrogen refuelling stations, this will lead to improvements in air quality and contribute towards meeting our ambitious greenhouse gas targets.”

Source – UK Construction Online

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