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Lottery windfall for Scots routes
The Bridge to Nowhere. PIC: Ian Watson, Studio Scotland
Connect2 officials at the Bridge to Nowhere in Glasgow
A scheme to build a network of cycle and walking routes across Scotland has won part of a 50m lottery grant after leading a public vote.

Sustrans: Connect2, which aims to improve travel in 79 communities, beat three other environmental groups with 42% of all ballots cast.

The People's 50 Million Lottery is the largest ever publicly decided award.

Connect2 schemes in Glasgow, Perth, Dumfries and South Lanarkshire will get a share of the new funding.

Sustrans Scotland National Director John Lauder said: "We are immensely grateful to everyone in Scotland who got behind Connect2 to make their votes count.

Forget the gym, Connect2 is the answer to our obesity problems
TV presenter Lorraine Kelly

"As a massive public consultation exercise Connect2 has engendered a huge amount of goodwill from all sectors.

"It has confirmed our belief that people want to walk and cycle more when given the right surroundings.

"Ultimately the real winners will be those thousands of people who will now be able to Connect2 their shops, schools, workplaces and each other every day."

Connect communities

In Glasgow, Connect2 will complete the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Glasgow - the unfinished bridge over the M8 - connecting Anderston to Central Station.

It will also connect it to a second bridge over the Clydeside Expressway down to the riverside, and link this to a hub of walking and cycling routes into the city.

In another scheme, a bridge from Perth to Scone for walkers and cyclists will be built across the River Tay.

Two railway paths in Dumfries will be connected via the Nith Viaduct linking the north of Dumfries directly to the Caledonian Path, and also providing a connection to Dumfries Station.

In South Lanarkshire, the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse scheme will connect communities to their local green spaces such as the Chatelherault and Strathclyde Country Parks.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly lead the Connect2 bid, she said: "Forget the gym, Connect2 is the answer to our obesity problems."



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