Norman Baker, the parliamentary under secretary of state for transport, has announced that the Government will be awarding a further £226 million to local authorities across England as part of the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
This is the third and final instalment of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which is now delivering more than £1 billion investment in sustainable travel across England.
In a statement published on the DfT website, Norman Baker said: “To facilitate the announcements, I have secured an additional £40m for the Fund, on top of the original £560m allocation.
“On 20 December 2011, the Department received 13 business cases for Large Projects for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
“I have decided to announce £225m for 12 large projects, and I have also reserved up to £5m funding for a small project from Tyne and Wear ITA, which my officials will progress with officers from Tyne and Wear during the coming weeks.
“On 24 February 2012, the Department received 53 small project bids to Tranche 2. On 24 May 2012 I announced £113m to fund 30 small projects, and I am today committing a further £41m to fund 15 more.
“I am very pleased that every single eligible local authority across England has applied for funding to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, either as a lead bidder, or as a partner authority to a large project.
“The Fund has been well received by local government and I am confident that it will be effective in addressing the two key objectives of creating growth and cutting carbon.”
Click here to read Norman Baker’s full statement.