24th January 2011

Transport White Paper launches fund to stimulate local sustainable transport uptake

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Last week the government released their Local Transport White Paper entitled ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon – Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen’ in which it announces its vision is for a transport system that helps create growth in the economy, and tackles climate change by cutting our carbon emissions.

The paper states:

The paper also prioritises spending on key rail projects such as high-speed rail and rail electrification, to provide travellers with options to the plane and the car.

It states it will simplify local transport funding into 4 main streams.  One of which is the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This will make £560 million capital and revenue funding available over four years and encourage bids that deliver solutions to encourage the uptake of more sustainable modes of transport at local level.  Bids will be particularly welcome from local transport authorities who demonstrate support from, and the involvement of, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, and that have the support of local businesses.

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