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3rd December 2007

Voting for the Big Lottery's £50 million giveaway has started.


Four projects are in the running.  One of them would make a real difference to Newportonians.

Sustrans’ Connect2 proposes to build bridges and crossings linking to walking or cycle routes.  The Newport to Caerleon section of the project would create a level riverside route giving direct access from Malpas and central Newport to the university campus at Caerleon, the old hospital site, the remains of Isca Roman Legionary Fortress, the Celtic Manor Resort and Wentwood Forest and beyond. This route would change our “mental maps” of our local area, especially once the new developments at Crindau and a link to Shaftsbury Park that avoids the industrial area is completed.

The Connect2 project, which is made up of 79 schemes across the UK, promises to make travel healthier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone. The local environment will also benefit from attractive landscaping, seating and public art, to reflect the spirit and identity of the local community.  Not only is it a practical action to tackle climate change and to reduce congestion, it will also give us a chance to exercise more.

Tonight, ITV1 begins screening programmes about each project at 11.00pm each evening – Sustrans’ Connect2 is on the 4th December.

Internet voting has started and closes at 12 noon on Monday 10th December.  There's also a telephone vote on ITV1 on the weekend of December 7th, with the results expected on the 12th.

Visit www.sustransconnect2.org.uk to view more about the project.