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Sustainable travel fund welcomed but more is needed, say campaigners

5 July 2016

Responding to the announcement by the Department for Transport of a £60 million Sustainable Travel Access Fund, Bridget Fox from Campaign for Better Transport said:

"It's great that the Government is getting this vital programme off the ground. Every penny spent on sustainable travel is welcome, given the proven benefits to people's health, the environment and local economies.

"To secure real benefits across the country, this efficient fund should be expanded in future. Most funding for local transport schemes is still led by Local Enterprise Partnerships, who, as our LEP Watch research shows, typically allocate just £1 in every £100 for transport schemes on cycling." 

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1.     The Department for Transport has invited bids from councils across England for a share of a £60 million green Sustainable Travel Access Fund to support transport initiatives which can improve access to jobs, skills, training and education.

2.     Campaign for Better Transport set up LEP Watch to monitor spending on transport projects by Local Economic Partnerships, bodies set up to spend public money on economic development in their areas. In 2015 just over 50 per cent of the projects and project spend by LEPs was allocated for new road capacity, whilst only 1 per cent went on cycling projects. You can see a full breakdown of LEP spending here.

3.     Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).