£21 million grants for green transport initiatives

Tuesday 31st May 2016 | 0 Comments

 

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

(£m)

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
Total £20.631 £12.784 £33.415

 

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