English transport schemes get approval funding

by Ella FAIRCHILD on July 6, 2011

Transport schemes across England, which aim to boost the country’s economic growth and cut back carbon emissions, have been given the green light thanks to the announcement of £155 million in Government investment.

Thus far, 39 projects have succesfully won funding from the LSTF, the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Eight regions are covered as well as 37 local authorities, with more as partners. All of them have been judged as effective against the two key objectives of being able to create growth while cutting carbon.

The successful schemes include a string of measures like smart ticketing, promotion of infrastructure of electric vehicles, improvements to bus and rail services, cycling, and also walking. They are designed to create a transport package that is sustainable and delivers economic growth.

Speaking on news of the announcement, Transport Minister Norman Baker told of his delight at the projects being given the go ahead for funding while pointing out that they all have at least one thing in common by building strong local economies while also addressing urgent challenges, such as that of climate change.

We’ve empowered local authorities to be able to create packages of initiatives that are sustainable and specifically tailored for their areas, continued Baker before pointing out that the project as a whole is still in its early stages and will receive further funding in the summer of 2012.

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