15 February 2016
Campaign for Better Transport responded to the launch by the Department for Transport of a Sustainable Travel Transition Year Revenue Competition today.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, said: "We welcome this announcement and the £20 million available to local authorities, but believe much more is needed. Projects like these offer good value for money, tackling local traffic by giving people good alternatives in how they travel. We are glad that the Government is introducing this fund, which we suggested, and is seeking to keep good projects going in the short term. However, £20 million is tiny compared with the billions going on road building and we would like the Department for Transport to consider upgrading it and rebalancing transport spending so that these kinds of projects get the funding they deserve".
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Notes to Editors
1. The Department for Transport will allocate £20 million of the new fund during a transition year between 2016 and 2017. This transition year has been set up to support local councils in the switch from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which provided a total of £560 million to 77 local authorities to support 96 sustainable transport projects between 2011 and 2015.
2. Campaign for Better Transport called for a fund to be made available back in October 2015 that would help local councils continue to support projects set up though the Local Sustainable Transport Fund once it ended.
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).