£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 AuthorityRegionProject NameDfT Funding


Local Contribution (£m)Total Project Cost (£m)
Birmingham City CouncilWest MidlandsWalk To£2.480£0.323£2.803
Brighton & Hove City CouncilSouth EastTransition Brighton & Hove£0.485£0.140£0.625
Bristol City CouncilSouth WestTravel WEST Transition£2.200£5.869£8.069
Central Bedfordshire CouncilEast of EnglandCreating Opportunities and Breaking Down Barriers via the Luton to Dunstable Cycle Superhighway£0.543£0.182£0.725
Cheshire East CouncilNorth WestAccess to Employment and Skills Through Active Travel£0.350£0.070£0.420
Devon County CouncilSouth WestBoosting growth through sustainable travel£0.500£0.072£0.572
Gloucestershire County CouncilSouth WestThinktravel Gloucestershire£0.480£0.100£0.580
Hampshire County CouncilSouth EastConnecting Hampshire to Grow Rural Prosperity£0.444£0.127£0.571
Herefordshire CouncilWest MidlandsDestination Hereford Phase 2£0.419£0.107£0.526
Hertfordshire County CouncilEast of EnglandSustainable Travel Transition Year Bid£0.401£0.093£0.494
Isle of Wight CouncilSouth EastTransforming Travel: Continuing Our Journey to Sustainability and Growth£0.450£0.211£0.661
Lincolnshire County CouncilEast MidlandsAccess Lincoln£0.500£0.480£0.980
Manchester Combined AuthorityNorth WestLet’s Get to Work (2016/17)£2.500£0.373£2.873
Milton Keynes CouncilSouth Eastget smarter travel in Milton Keynes£0.420£0.472£0.892
Norfolk County CouncilEast of EnglandPushing Ahead: AtoBetter, Your Journey, Your Way£0.396£0.044£0.440
North East Combined AuthorityNorth EastGo Smarter (across the North East)£2.343£0.334£2.677
North East Lincolnshire CouncilYorkshire & HumberDelivering Growth Through Sustainable Travel£0.441£0.970£1.411
North Lincolnshire CouncilYorkshire & HumberTravel Best: Sustainable Ways to Work£0.469£0.066£0.535
Peterborough City CouncilEast of EnglandTravelchoice Focus£0.500£0.098£0.598
Portsmouth City CouncilSouth EastA sustainable and Connected City (Phase 2)£0.455£0.278£0.733
Sheffield City Region Combined AuthorityYorkshire & HumberSheffield City Region: Active, Connected, Efficient£2.500£0.595£3.095
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (Tees Valley Unlimited)North EastConnect Tees Valley 2016/17 Transition£0.990£0.530£1.520
Swindon Borough CouncilSouth WestSwindon Travel Choices – Transition Year£0.366£1.250£1.616


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