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Leicestershire bid for £5m to fund congestion scheme

Leicestershire County Council is asking businesses to help secure £5m in government funding to tackle congestion and pollution.

The council is hoping to use the Local Sustainable Transport Fund grant to improve air quality and promote walking and cycling by employees.

The money would also pay for loan scooters for young people.

The council said the grants would mainly be spent improving traffic flow around Coalville and Loughborough.

Car sharing

Lesley Pendleton, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "We feel that Coalville and Loughborough would be where the money would be best spent."

She said the council wanted local businesses to bid for part of the £5m grant to help them develop sustainable travel to work schemes.

The plans are to develop cycle hubs and help businesses to introduce car sharing.

Companies would also get help with cycle training courses for their employees.

The bids must be sent to the government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund by February next year.

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