£64 MILLION GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE MORE CYCLING AND WALKING TO WORK

 Thousands more people will be encouraged to cycle and walk to work thanks to a £64 million government investment, Transport Minister Andrew Jones today (26 January) announced.

 

The funding will support local projects over three years from 2017 – 2020 and form part of a wider government package of more than £300 million to boost walking and cycling during the current parliament. By 2040 the government aims to make this part of everyday life and walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter journeys.

 

The money will deliver:

  • more safety and awareness training for cyclists
  • extra secure cycle storage
  • bike repair and maintenance courses
  • road safety measures
  • mapping information for pedestrians
  • real time bus information through smart phone apps or information at bus stops
  • increased focus on car sharing clubs

 

The funding will also target those looking to get back into work because access to transport and the cost of travel often restricts where jobseekers can look for work and their ability to attend interviews. They will also benefit from discount bus travel and bike loans.

 

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:

 

“We are committed to improving how people travel and this investment will ensure that people’s journeys are cheaper, safer and better for the environment. It will help people to become more active and better transport planning will reduce congestion on our roads – particularly at peak times.

 

“This investment will also help people access jobs, education and training – specifically targeting those looking to get back into work, as part of our relentless drive to make this a country that works for everyone.”

 

The funding could lead to:

  • 95 million fewer miles in car journeys
  • 99,000 extra walking trips per day and;
  • 40,000 extra cycling trips per day

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“We strongly welcome this announcement of the access fund projects and the new cycling and walking to work fund. The evidence suggests that these kinds of projects can remove barriers to work, help local communities and businesses and also tackle local transport problems by giving people attractive alternatives to car use. We look forward to working with the Government, the authorities involved, and other organisations to develop and learn from these projects.”

All English transport authorities (outside London) were invited to bid for the funding. The following 25 successful local authority bidders will each receive a share of the £60 million Sustainable Travel Access Fund for 2017-20:

 

Local Authority Award (£m)
East Sussex County Council 1.2
Isle of Wight Council 1.35
Herefordshire County Council 1.5
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority 7.5
Lancashire County Council – Joint bid with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 1.94
Norfolk County Council 1.488
North Yorkshire County Council 0.974
Plymouth City Council 1.497
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council joint bid with -Thurrock Council and Essex County Council 3.322
Lincolnshire County Council 0.975
Blackpool Council – Consortium bid with Buckinghamshire CC, Hertfordshire CC, North East CA, Stoke on Trent CC, West Sussex CC, Hampshire CC, Leicester CC, North Lincolnshire Council and Surrey CC 7.498
Devon County Council 1.5
Brighton and Hove Council 1.485
Bristol City Council (West of England) 6.901
Slough Borough Council 1.5
Tees Valley Combined Authority 3.323
York, City of 1.312
Kent County Council 1.452
East Riding of Yorkshire Council 0.682
North East Lincolnshire Council 1.388
Nottingham City Council – joint bid with Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council 2.735
Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council 3.195
Nottinghamshire County Council 0.845
Southampton City Council (joint bid with Hampshire County Council) 2.294
Luton Borough Council (joint bid with Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council) 2.128

 

The Cycling and Walking to work Fund offers £3.8 million to be invested in three city regions over the next twelve months to connect jobseekers with employment and apprenticeships:

 

Local Authority Award

(£m)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority 1.5m
Greater Manchester Combined Authority 1.5m
Liverpool City Region 0.77m