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Council awarded funding to keep the air clean

Herefordshire Council has been awarded nearly £60,000 to help improve the air quality across the city.

The funding has been awarded by Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, after the council’s transportation team successfully applied for an air quality grant.  The plan is to reduce CO2 emissions and oxides of nitrogen in the city centre by encouraging people to leave their cars at home and explore alternative means of travel.

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for education and infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to have received this money from Defra, which will really help us to develop a number of initiatives to help lower congestion, reduce emissions and encourage alternative travel such as walking, car sharing and using public transport.”

“The funding has come at an opportune time, as we’re in the process of developing high quality ‘park and cycle’ sites on the outskirts of Hereford.  Park and cycle is a simple initiative which encourages car users to drive to the city limits, before parking their vehicle at a safe designated site and continuing their journey by bike.” 

“We hope the introduction of park and cycle sites will reduce commuter vehicle trips through Hereford city centre and help us to achieve our aim to reduce emissions, lower congestion and improve our air quality.” 

To find out more about sustainable travel in Herefordshire, please visit: www.herefordmove.org.