Regional transport schemes get green light

by Tiffany Millar on December 15, 2011

An additional 21 regional transport schemes that were proposed by English councils will be backed by the Coalition.

The projects are to cost £854 million and Dft, the Department for Transport, is to contribute £586 million during the spending review period. Justine Greening, the Transport Minister, told Parliament that the 21 schemes come on top of at least 20 projects which have had their funding confirmed during last month’s Autumn Statement.

A further four schemes from the development pool at the DfT still await the green light. In two cases - Trolleybus, the Leeds New Generation Transport scheme, and South Essex Rapid Transit’s scheme - more evidence to prove that value for money will be brought is currently being awaited.

In South Yorkshire, Rotherham Borough Council’s Waverly Link Road faces opposition from Sheffield City Council as environmental concerns continue to hang over a proposed Bexhill-Hastings Link Road. Ms Greening said that the 41 schemes in total which are able to go ahead will provide a big boost to each area.

It was added that, following 2010’s Spending Review, the Coalition made a commitment of £1.5 billion with regards to investment in transport schemes that are promoted by local authorities, which recognises the impact of such schemes when it comes to growth of the economy.

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