Government injects £78.5m into sustainable transport schemes

The Government has announced a £78.5 million fund to support sustainable transport schemes across England. Local authorities are being invited to bid for a slice of the cash – up […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Government has announced a £78.5 million fund to support sustainable transport schemes across England.

Local authorities are being invited to bid for a slice of the cash – up to £1 million – from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to support a range of travel measures.

The projects are expected to reduce excess traffic delays and help tackle problems such as air quality and noise while also cutting carbon emissions.

Proposals should consider the importance of integrating sustainable transport to make it easier and more convenient for people to make their journeys from door-to-door by public transport, cycling and walking, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

Minister for Transport Baroness Kramer said: “Earlier successful schemes addressed a variety of sustainable transport measures and we saw significant changes in the way people travelled as a result. The improvements the schemes generated have given people more options to make healthier and greener transport choices.”

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2014.

The Government also pledged £1.4 million of extra cash for projects to reduce air pollution from public transport earlier this year.