For 39 schemes for low carbon transport the Department of Transport has given out over £155m. As part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund’s first allocation the projects won funding. They include eight regions and 37 total local authorities and many partners. All involved were determined to be effective when brought up against the two key objectives – cutting carbon and creating growth.
The schemes include a number of measures like smart ticketing, measures for bus and rail improvements, promotion of infrastructure for EVs, cycling and walking with all of them designed to connect together creating a sustainable package of transport while delivering economic growth.
Norman Baker, Transport Minister said he was happy to be funding these projects as they are all winning schemes having one common goal helping to build stronger local economies all the while addressing the urgency in climate change.
This is only the start said the minister as we have empowered these authorities to create sustainable initiatives tailored for their area and more funding will be announced next summer after a second round of bids.
Success bids include South Yorkshire with plans to introduce a scheme called wheels to work helping those in isolated areas get to work via scooter, bike or electric scooter plus the Jobconnecter a bus service providing access to an employment site.
Oxford won a success bid by having the council support economic growth, in the centre of town by expanding the park and ride scheme, and introduce a single smart card to pay for car parking, cycle hire and buses.
Lowesoft where a cyclist and pedestrian swing bridge will allow residents and visitors o travel within the town targeting a pinch point for congestion to bring more footfall to the local shops. Hampshire has plans to implement a package that includes electric vehicle charge posts, car sharing, and bus improvements.