- £30 Million ‘Road Safety Fund’ announced in bid to improve road and cycle safety along HS2 route
- Additional £5 million Woodland Fund will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England
The government has recently announced details of additional two funds for towns and villages along the HS2 route totalling £35 million.
The funds, which are separate to the CEF and BLEF Funds, will help to boost road and cycle safety and create and restore woodlands.
The £30 million road safety fund will provide funding for 13 areas along the Phase One route of the rail line between London and the West Midlands. The cash can be used for calming measures, safer pedestrian crossings or safer junctions for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
Once local authorities have agreed plans for projects, they will agree the release of funds with HS2 Ltd. Authorities must ensure that improvements made leave a lasting legacy of road safety.
Royal Assent was granted for Phase One of HS2 in February 2017 and preparatory works have been underway since then, including archaeological surveys and the creation of new wildlife habitats.
A separate Woodland Fund has been established in addition to an extensive tree planting programme that will see around 7 million new trees and shrubs being planted on the first phase of HS2.
£1 Million of the HS2 Woodland Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the Phase One route.
The first round of grant funding will be open to applications in January 2018. In the meantime, further information on the Fund can be found at here and eligible landowners are encouraged to consider their plans and to contact the Forestry Commission if they have any queries.