Funding gives green light to sustainable travel projects
£21m of funding has been given to councils across the country in a bid to promote green forms of transport.
Announced by the Government yesterday (24 May), the funding will be shared among 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England.
In order to obtain funding, local authorities had to demonstrate they could cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in their areas.
With UK traffic levels having reached a record high during 2015, the Government hopes this funding will improve lives by offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options, as well as increasing access to jobs.
The Government aims to make almost every car and van zero emissions by 2050 and says it has committed more than £300m to support cycling and walking over the course of this Parliament. It also says more than £6bn will be provided for local road and cycle path maintenance up to 2021.
Robert Goodwill, transport minister, said: “Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education.
“These schemes will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone.”
Click here for details of the schemes which will receive funding.