Transport schemes that are designed to help promote and forward green initiatives have just received a £226 million boost from the Government. Local authorities will match the contribution with their own additional £194 million bringing the total value of green schemes up to an impressive £460m.
The money will be spread across 12 major transport schemes and 15 minor schemes. All of the projects have received some money as a grant from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The schemes that will receive the funds are listed below.
Up first on the list is Nottingham which will see its smartcard scheme expanded to include all of the trams, buses, and trains. Merseyside will also receive funds to help better their current cycle and public transportation infrastructure.
Reading will see many bike improvements made as the city attempts to create a cycle hire scheme similar to what is used in London. In addition, a new cycle and pedestrian bridge will be built over the River Thames.
Norman Baker, the transport minister, stated that the schemes will be used to fund and improve life for millions of people in cities and towns spread out across the UK and will help demonstrate how reducing carbon can help to boost the economy.
He added that the country’s heavy investment in the schemes shows that the Government is serious about building and funding infrastructure when there is a clear reason available that proves why they should and that the investment is going to help benefit the economy and the local communities at the same time that it helps out the environment. Therefore, it is a win-win situation for everyone involved.