Seven communities in England are set to benefit from £900,000 additional government funding to extend their sustainable transport schemes, Baroness Kramer has announced.
The funding has been allocated to existing local projects supported by the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:
“We’re serious about making transport better for the environment, whether that is by cutting carbon or improving air quality. Encouraging more people to cycle or use public transport makes sense for local economies, because it reduces congestion and improves public health. That’s why we’re providing record levels of funding for communities wanting to make their transport networks cleaner and greener.
“Today’s (8 August 2014) announcement comes hot on the heels of the £440 million we announced for sustainable transport schemes last month. This additional money will help communities to build on their success and see even more people making new travel choices.”
Those benefiting from funding are:
- Bournemouth Borough Council: £50,000 for design of a high quality cycle route serving schools and employment centres
- Dorset County Council: £64,000 towards plans for 20 miles per hour zones in Weymouth and Dorchester town centres
- Hertfordshire County Council: £130,000 towards a raft of schemes encouraging greater uptake of cycling, walking and bus use
- Leicestershire County Council: £160,000 for a range of schemes including better information at bus stops, encouraging parents to leave the car at home for the school run and loaning mopeds to jobseekers to help them find and access work
- Lincolnshire County Council: £350,000 to build on successful projects encouraging more people to choose public transport, cycling or walking to get about
- Shropshire Council: £84,000 for schemes to promote cycling, walking and public transport
- Wokingham Borough Council: £62,000 to extend a programme to help households plan more sustainable travel
This announcement builds on £440m sustainable transport funding announced on 11 July, part of £2 billion the government is investing on a wide range of measures to drive forward sustainable transport, including encouraging the uptake of electric cars and other ultra-low emission vehicles and schemes to promote greener public transport, cycling and walking.