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£21M of government funding promotes green transport

Successful schemes get funding to support job creation and clean up air quality with green transport.

Government funding of almost £21M has been won by councils across the country, to promote green forms of transport. The Department for Transport (DFT) made the announcement yesterday (24 May 2016).

A total of 23 travel initiatives across England have been given funding, as they boost local economies by supporting people’s ambitions – offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options to access jobs and education opportunities.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education.

“The schemes will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone. Our £21M funding shows we are committed to improving lives through investment in sustainable transport.”

Local authorites such as Birmingham City Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Devon County Council, and Portsmouth City Council, were among the widespread areas to receive funding for projects.

A total of £2Bn of measures has been committed to green transport schemes since 2011, which has funded thousands of low emissions buses introduced by bus operators on routes across England. The government aims to make almost every car and van zero emissions by 2050.

As part of the government’s commitment to green transport, successful local authorities demonstrated they could cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in their areas. Over £300M has been committed over this Parliament to support cycling and walking, and more than £6Bn will be provided for local road maintenance up to 2021, benefitting cyclists as well as motorists, with well-surfaced roads and cycle paths.