BOLTON will not benefit from the latest round of funding for cycling and walking routes.

It is one of three boroughs in Greater Manchester which will not receive any of the £137m investment.

The funding, which is set to be approved later this week, is the single biggest investment in cycling and walking to date.

It is part of the Bee Network which will see a network of more than 1,000 miles of routes, including 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated bike lanes.

Funding of around £1.5m for a route to the town centre running parallel to Chorley Old Road was secured in July.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Bolton, Warren Fox welcomed the proposals for a route starting in Smithills but said that Bolton has missed out on a "significant" amount of funding for more cycling and walking networks.

He said: "We desperately need to reduce congestion and improve road safety like creating safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists, which these schemes help to do.”

Further routes in Bolton are planned. The next tranche of funding will be announced in July.