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Local authorities boosted by extra sustainable transport funding

22 April 2014 #Bus and Coach #CV Sector #News #Policy #Top Stories

A number of local authorities will share a further £2 million under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The Department for Transport has chosen to grant funding to nine transport schemes across the country in an aim to encourage investment in sustainable travel choices.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said the scheme will show how sustainable transport choices can benefit communities, such as encouraging subsidised public transport for those seeking employment.

“These successful schemes have changed how people travel, with communities now making healthier and greener choices,” she said.

“Dozens of great projects have been delivered already under this fund and I am glad that we have been able to deliver more.”

Of the schemes receiving funding, £609,000 will be spent by Tyne and Wear on its public transport and cycling routes along the A1 Western bypass, to make them more appealing and easier to use.

Both Southend-on-Sea and Luton are set to use their funding of £80,000 and £75,000, respectively, to encourage more people to use public transport by improving services and facilities.

This latest wave of finance is part of the Local Growth Fund, made up of more than £100 million of capital funding, plus an additional £78.5 million pumped in by the DfT, that has been put aside for sustainable travel initiatives, ahead of distribution in April 2015.

Local authorities and enterprise programmes will be entitled to bid for the money, however government has stressed that requests should engage local businesses, improving health and quality of life for the local community.

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