£50m win for Sustrans

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that Sustrans’ Connect2 has been crowned the winner of The People’s £50m Lottery contest; the biggest ever award to be decided by a public vote.Sustrans’ Connect2 is a UK-wide project that will create new cycling and walking routes to improve local travel in 79 areas across the country.

On receiving the news they had won John Grimshaw, CEO and founder of Sustrans said: "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."

Four projects of national importance went head-to-head in a bid to win the massive £50m grant, each receiving an initial grant of £500,000 to invest in their project’s development.

The other three projects in the running for the grant were:

*Eden Project: The Edge

*Sherwood: The Living Legend

*Black Country Urban Park

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