UK councils win £21m to boost green transport

The government has awarded £21 million of funding to councils across the country to boost green transport. A total of 23 councils and local authorities will receive a share of […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The government has awarded £21 million of funding to councils across the country to boost green transport.

A total of 23 councils and local authorities will receive a share of the fund to develop their initiatives towards promoting cheap, clean and healthy forms of travel options.

Some of the successful bidders include Birmingham City Council, Brighton City Council, Hampshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Manchester Combined Authority.

They proved they can cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in their areas, according to the Department for Transport.

It adds the fund is part of the government’s commitment to green transport and more than £300 million will be spent to support cycling and walking instead of polluting cars during this Parliament.

In addition, more than £6 billion will be provided for local road maintenance by 2021.

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.”