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UPDATED: £1 million available for transport upgrade

Bucks County Council offices

Bucks County Council offices

Up to £1 million could be available to Bucks County Council to spend on sustainable transport schemes if the authority decides to bid for new government funding.

This week the government invited local authorities to bid for a slice of the £78.5 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Minister for Transport Baroness Kramer said: “We have seen some real success stories from previous winning schemes so I am looking forward to considering the plans that are put forward.

“Earlier successful schemes addressed a variety of sustainable transport measures and we saw significant changes in the way people travelled as a result.

“The improvements the schemes generated have given people more options to make healthier and greener transport choices.

“In the new year I will be inviting local transport authorities to start preparing and developing their proposals.”

A maximum of £1 million is available for each application.

The government says proposals should consider the importance of integrating sustainable transport to make it easier and more convenient for people to make their journey from door-to-door by public transport, cycling and walking.

The guidance will also set out the criteria against which decisions on the allocation of funding will be taken and the need to demonstrate value for money, deliverability and affordability of package proposals.

This fund will also support Bikeability training.

(Update:)

A county council spokesman said: “We are always keen to explore new avenues to gain extra funding for this important part of the overall transport strategy.

“Once full details have been made available by the Department for Transport in the New Year, we will look to see if we have suitable schemes where this extra money could be used.”

 

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