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DfT hands out £155m for green transport schemes

The Department for Transport has dished out £155 million of funding for 39 low carbon transport schemes.

The projects were awarded funding as part of the first allocation from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

They cover 37 local authorities across eight regions and incorporate a range of projects including a new rail station in Stratford upon Avon.

Each project was assessed on the basis of its ability to create growth and cut carbon emissions.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said the allocation would be followed by next summer by a second round of bids and allocations.

He said all the winning schemes would “help build strong local economies while addressing the urgent challenge of climate change.”

Successful bids include:

  • Stratford upon Avon – A new rail station and supporting train services; park and ride bus service enhancement and a walking and cycling facility to link the station with key residential and employment areas.
  • South Yorkshire - A ‘wheels to work’ scheme to help those in the most isolated areas get to work by bike, scooter or electric scooter, as well as new cycle infrastructure and a ‘Jobconnector’ bus service to provide access to a new employment site.
  • Oxford - expanded park and ride scheme, and  introduction of a single integrated smart card for car parking, buses and cycle hire.
  • Lowestoft - A new swing bridge for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Hampshire - A package of measures including car sharing, electric vehicle charging posts and improvement to bus services, by providing better information and ticketing using a smart phone application.
  • Plymouth – Introduction of ITSO smart ticketing.

The fund will be worth £560m  over the next four years.

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