Councils across the country have won nearly £21 million of funding from the government to promote green forms of transport, it was announced recently.
The funding is being given out for 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England that boost local economies by supporting people’s ambitions – offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options to access jobs and education opportunities.
Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education.
“The schemes will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone. Our £21m funding shows we are committed to improving lives through investment in sustainable transport.”
Successful local authorities demonstrated they could cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in their areas.
This funding continues the government’s commitment to green transport. Over £300 million is committed to support cycling and walking over this Parliament. More than £6 billion will be provided for local road maintenance up to 2021 benefitting cyclists as well as motorists, with well-surfaced roads and cycle paths.
The government also aims to make almost every car and van zero emission by 2050 with £2 billion work of measures committed since 2011 to green transport schemes. This has funded thousands of low emissions buses introduced by bus operators on routes across England.
Green Transport Grants – the winners
The list of successful schemes to be awarded grants by the DfT is available below:
|Local Authority||Region||Project Name||DfT Funding
|Local Contribution (£m)||Total Project Cost (£m)|
|Birmingham City Council||West Midlands||Walk To||£2.480||£0.323||£2.803|
|Brighton & Hove City Council||South East||Transition Brighton & Hove||£0.485||£0.140||£0.625|
|Bristol City Council||South West||Travel WEST Transition||£2.200||£5.869||£8.069|
|Central Bedfordshire Council||East of England||Creating Opportunities and Breaking Down Barriers via the Luton to Dunstable Cycle Superhighway||£0.543||£0.182||£0.725|
|Cheshire East Council||North West||Access to Employment and Skills Through Active Travel||£0.350||£0.070||£0.420|
|Devon County Council||South West||Boosting growth through sustainable travel||£0.500||£0.072||£0.572|
|Gloucestershire County Council||South West||Thinktravel Gloucestershire||£0.480||£0.100||£0.580|
|Hampshire County Council||South East||Connecting Hampshire to Grow Rural Prosperity||£0.444||£0.127||£0.571|
|Herefordshire Council||West Midlands||Destination Hereford Phase 2||£0.419||£0.107||£0.526|
|Hertfordshire County Council||East of England||Sustainable Travel Transition Year Bid||£0.401||£0.093||£0.494|
|Isle of Wight Council||South East||Transforming Travel: Continuing Our Journey to Sustainability and Growth||£0.450||£0.211||£0.661|
|Lincolnshire County Council||East Midlands||Access Lincoln||£0.500||£0.480||£0.980|
|Manchester Combined Authority||North West||Let’s Get to Work (2016/17)||£2.500||£0.373||£2.873|
|Milton Keynes Council||South East||get smarter travel in Milton Keynes||£0.420||£0.472||£0.892|
|Norfolk County Council||East of England||Pushing Ahead: AtoBetter, Your Journey, Your Way||£0.396||£0.044||£0.440|
|North East Combined Authority||North East||Go Smarter (across the North East)||£2.343||£0.334||£2.677|
|North East Lincolnshire Council||Yorkshire & Humber||Delivering Growth Through Sustainable Travel||£0.441||£0.970||£1.411|
|North Lincolnshire Council||Yorkshire & Humber||Travel Best: Sustainable Ways to Work||£0.469||£0.066||£0.535|
|Peterborough City Council||East of England||Travelchoice Focus||£0.500||£0.098||£0.598|
|Portsmouth City Council||South East||A sustainable and Connected City (Phase 2)||£0.455||£0.278||£0.733|
|Sheffield City Region Combined Authority||Yorkshire & Humber||Sheffield City Region: Active, Connected, Efficient||£2.500||£0.595||£3.095|
|Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (Tees Valley Unlimited)||North East||Connect Tees Valley 2016/17 Transition||£0.990||£0.530||£1.520|
|Swindon Borough Council||South West||Swindon Travel Choices – Transition Year||£0.366||£1.250||£1.616|