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£570,000 To Improve Transport Links In Dorset

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7:39am 16th July 2014
(Updated 7:40am 16th July 2014)

Better travel links are coming between Dorchester and Portland thanks to a share of a grant of £570,000.

The improvements are coming over the next 12 months after the county won the funding to combat road congestion in three county pinch-points.

The other successful bids are in Bournemouth and Ferndown.

We're promised new walking and cycling routes here, and better connections to the existing road network.

But Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for environment and the economy, Peter Finney, says despite the needs of rural commuters, the money can't be used elsewhere, as the money's been ring fenced.

The money's from the Department for Transport through its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSFT). The programme will build on the success of the current LSTF project which has been running for the last 2 years.

Dorset County council principal transport planner Adam Bows said: 'We'll be working with individual households, giving out personalised travel advice and looking at ways of reducing the number of local trips made by car. Grant funding will also be available to businesses to help them improve access to their sites for customers, staff and visitors.''

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