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I'd had a totally shitty day in Carmarthen at a Union Meeting and was
travelling back home on the train when I got the news by text that Sustrans
had won the bid for the 50 million quid! Wahey!

...due to getting very confused about the train times I had plenty of time to view Carmarthen Millenium Bridge from just about every angle, and it's an absolutely awesome construction. Looks like there'll be a few more of these around soon!

EDIT: A message from John Grimshaw:

Sustrans Connect2 Wins The Peoples 50 Million!

50 million won and we couldn't have done it without you!

This is fantastic news, and thanks to everyone who voted for Sustrans' Connect2 in the People's �£50 Million Lottery Giveaway, and for your help in winning �£50 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund for Sustrans to invest in walking and cycling UK-wide. This really is an amazing achievement for our charity and the many local authority and other partners with whom we will work on Connect2. We simply couldn't have done it without you and your votes.

We start work on delivering Connect2 in January 2008. Our local authority partners are poised ready to go, and will be adding matched funding from their own transport and other budgets to the �£50 million from the Big Lottery Fund. This is a five year project, and in total we have already identified local authority funding to support Connect2, and we are working hard to bring even more funding to the project so that we can ensure as many people as possible benefit from Connect2.

We will continue to update our Supporters on progress during 2008, please join us as a Supporter if you aren't already, our Supporters are the foundation of the organisation and without them Sustrans would simply grind to a halt. If you would like to sign up for our e-newsletter please go to and click on email newsletter. In the meantime can I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and to thank you again for supporting Sustrans' Connect2.

John Grimshaw MBE
Founder and Chief Executive Sustrans
13th Dec 2007, 11:41   | tags:,,


yes, I agree, but bridges like this one don't come cheap!

13th Dec 2007, 12:00

harimanjaro says:

It feels good to have voted for the winner for once. At least the Sustrans bid was country-wide, unlike the others. None of the money's coming near where I live, which is shame because Surrey could do with more curvy bridges.

13th Dec 2007, 23:43

We're not getting much of it down our way either Hari, but when we went out leaflet distributing, I was surprised at how many people of all ages were genuinely interested in what we were doing. I was expecting some welsh nationalism to creep in, but that's probably why they didn't vote for any of the others!

13th Dec 2007, 23:46

FilbertFox says:

they will be connecting Rothwell Country park to Temple newhhsam and beyond. Not that i voted out of purely selfish reasons you understand

17th Dec 2007, 12:18

I must admit, I prefer asking people to vote for something than the usual fundraisng, and now that the name of Sustrans is getting itself known I won't have to spend ages explaining who we are and what we do!

17th Dec 2007, 13:05

stephmog says:

Well it's what I voted for, not as much for the green credentials as for the fact it is the fairest use of a pot of money generated all over the nation, to spend it on projects that people all over the nation will use.

25th Jan 2008, 22:10

have to agree with you on that one!

25th Jan 2008, 22:12