39 transport projects across England have been given the go-ahead as a result of £155m of Government investment via the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
The projects, designed to boost economic growth and cut carbon emissions, won the funding through the first allocation from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which is worth £560m over the next four years.
The projects cover eight regions and 37 local authorities, with more as partners. All have been judged to be effective against the fund’s two key objectives of creating growth and cutting carbon.
The successful schemes include a variety of measures such as cycling and walking, smart ticketing, the promotion of infrastructure for electric vehicles, bus and rail improvements, and are designed to link together to create a sustainable transport package that delivers economic growth.
Norman Baker, transport minister, said: “These excellent projects have one thing in common – they will help build strong local economies while addressing the urgent challenge of climate change.
“We have empowered local authorities to create packages of sustainable initiatives that are tailored for their local areas.”
Richard Hebditch, campaigns director at the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We’re really pleased that these areas will receive funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
“We’ve long called for funding for these kinds of programmes, which we know from the pilot Sustainable Transport Towns can cut congestion and cut carbon. We’re looking forward to seeing the practical results which I’m sure will make a big difference to these areas.”
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