Norfolk will benefit from millions of pounds of new funding to improve walking and cycling routes.

More than £7m is being invested across the East of England by the government towards upgrading and installing "high-quality" crossings and paths which it hopes will provide people with more "cheap and accessible" ways of getting around. 

Active Travel England, a new agency developed to promote walking and cycling, said the improvements will help to ease congestion in busy areas and reduce air pollution.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The East Norfolk Sixth Form College campus in GorlestonThe East Norfolk Sixth Form College campus in Gorleston (Image: East Norfolk Sixth Form College)

In Norfolk, new crossings in Gorleston will provide students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College with "safer" routes to school and the Broads will receive a share of £1m in national park funding.

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Active Travel commissioner and former professional cyclist, Chris Boardman, said: "This funding will give communities in the East of England safer and more enjoyable ways to travel to school, work and the shops.

"This will ensure that communities will reap the most benefits from projects and provide excellent value for money for councils."

The funding is part of £101m announced for England overall.