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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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.[4]


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.[5]

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

East Midlands

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

Northern Ireland

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

West Midlands

Scheme County Note
Worcester - a Severn Bridge at Diglis Lock Worcs. [1]
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 [2]
Brompton-on-Swale - a bridge across the river


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