Connect2 is a project run by Sustrans to develop new walking and cycle routes in 79 communities around the UK.
Connect2 is a five year project run by Sustrans. It involves the creation of new cycle and walking routes, bridges and other facilities in 79 locations around the UK. It aims to create new networks of local paths, improve cycling and walking access and to connect local areas.
Sustrans launched the 'Connect2' project in August 2006 in a successful bid to win £50 million from the Big Lottery's 'Living Landmarks; The People's Millions' competition. It was one of four shortlisted projects competing in a public vote for the grant and Connect2 was announced as the winning project on 12 December 2007.
It is estimated that Connect2 will pass within half a mile of: 3,280,000 people; 1,426,000 households; 1,355 schools; 500,000 pupils; and 57 of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. With the aim to give the benefits of: 61.5 million trips a year are expected to made on the routes; 79,500 tonnes of CO2 could potentially be saved per annum if each of the journeys had replaced a car trip; £135 million of funding in total will be generated by Connect2; and 116 local authorities are working to deliver Connect2.
There are 79 Connect2 projects around the UK and distributed throughout the regions. The tables below were compiled from a complete list of Connect2 projects available on the OpenStreetMap wiki under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
East of England
Scheme County Note Norwich - connections to Whitlingham Country Park Norfolk Royston railway crossing Hertfordshire St. Neots - a River Great Ouse bridge Cambridgeshire Cambridge to Wicken Fen
(Wicken Fen Vision Spine Route)
Cambridgeshire Under construction. Estimated completion date 2010. Watton and Griston link Norfolk Cheshunt, crossing the A10 to reach the Lee Hertfordshire
Scheme County Note Carlton-le-Moorland and Bassingham Link Holdingham and Sleaford over the A17 road Lincolnshire Completed 2010 Links through Watermead Park Leicestershire Northampton - Briar Hill and Upton Park, River Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers.
Scheme County Note Islington Walking and Cycling Routes Croydon Park links Paddington - Westbourne railway bridge and links South Bermondsey - disused rail bridge links Bethnal Green and new bridge over Regents Havering - Ingrebourne Valley links
North East England
Scheme County Note Bedlington and Cramlington Connection Ingleby Barwick, Yarm, Eaglescliffe and Blyth Ferry Durham- Belmont to Newton Hall over Belmont
Scheme County Note Derry - greenway and cycle path Strabane - River Mourne Bridge and links Dungannon Park Connections Ballymoney Railway Bridge and links Omagh - riverside path and new bridges Three Mile Water greenway
North West England
Scheme County Note Nantwich to Crewealong the A530 corridor Marple and Stockport, Goyt Valley connection Huyton - The Statt Moers Park Links & Rochdale Canal Towpath Connections Carlisle - Kingmoor and Currock Padiham, East Lancashire Loop Sale- Bridgewater Canal connections Chester connections over the Dee Northwich - Riversdale Swingbridge Everton Park and the Mersey Bury - the Woolfold Gap Maryport Station Links
Scheme County Note Glasgow - completing the Bridge to Nowhere Dumfries - connecting two railway paths Perthto Scone - River Tay Bridge Hamilton, Chatelherault, Larkhall links
South East England
Scheme County Note Links to the north Kent coast Dartford Riverside Hastings and Bexhill coastal connections Southampton - Itchen Riverside Path Shoreham - harbour crossing New Forest - Common Connections Banbury, Oxford Canal links
South West England
Scheme County Note Bath, Two Tunnels Avon Bristol - Ashton Park, Long Ashton Avon Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton Devon Ottery St Mary over the river to school Devon Weymouth to Portland - Olympic connections Dorset Bournemouth and Hurn Dorset Connecting Salisbury, Alderbury and Wilton Wiltshire
Scheme County Note Tintern - connection over the River Wye Gwent Monmouth - local connections Monmouthshire Merthyr Tydfil- Trevithick Trail to town centre link Treforest - University links and connections Port Talbot to Cwmafan and the Forest Park Rhyl bridge at Foryd Harbour, River Clwyd Cardiff: Pont y Werin Newport to Caerleon Carmarthen to Johnston riverside links Clydach, Afon Tawe Bridge
Scheme County Note Worcester - a Severn Bridge at Diglis Lock Worcs.  Shrewsbury - The Severnside Gap Birmingham - Sutton Coldfield, and the Plants Brook Route Kenilworth to Berkswell Greenway and Rugby Leicester Road Viaduct Hereford - The Rotherwas Sewage Bridge Herefordshire
Scheme County Note Bradford Living Streets - Manchester Road Bridge Bridlington to Flamborough Head Coastal Scunthorpe Ridgeway connections Killamarsh - Halfway Tram Terminus, Rother Harrogate, Ripley and the Dales North Yorkshire  Brompton-on-Swale - a bridge across the river
- ^ "Connect2 - FAQ". Connect 2. http://www.sustransconnect2.org.uk/misc/faqs.php. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- ^ "The People's 50 Million - Summary of the programme". Big Lottery Fund. 2007.12. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_livinglandmarks. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- ^ "Routes scheme tops lottery vote". BBC News. 2007-12-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7140621.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- ^ "connected - Spring 2009 - Issue 1". Connect2. 2009. http://www.sustransconnect2.org.uk/resources/sus592_Connected_amends_02.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- ^ "WikiProject Sustrans Connect2". OpenStreetMap. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Sustrans_Connect2. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
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