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Sustrans wins £50M public vote

The Sustrans:Connect2 cycle path and walkway project has won the the People's £50 Million Lottery contest, which is the biggest ever award to be decided by a public vote.

Sustrans:Connect2 will create new cycling and walking routes throughout the UK, improving local travel in 79 communities.

Sustrans CEO and founder John Grimshaw: "To say I am delighted is such an understatement - this is fantastic news for Sustrans. But, more importantly, it is fantastic for the 79 communities and many other partners and local authorities across the UK with whom we have been working for the last two years.

"We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us, but the hard work starts now to build those bridges, tunnels, crossings and networks of paths. Ultimately the real winners will be those millions of people who will now be able to Connect2 their shops, schools, workplaces and each other every day."

The other three shortlisted projects were:

The other three projects in the running for the grant were -
- Eden Project: The Edge
- Sherwood: The Living Legend
- Black Country Urban Park

The ITV featured the four projects in a week-long series. Phone lines opened for the public to cast their votes on Friday 7th December. Voting closed at 12 noon Monday 10th December.

Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the BIG Lottery Fund said: "We have all been impressed by the innovation and energy with which all of the projects have reached out across communities and brought their vision to public attention."

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