|90% ‘off’ local sustainable projects|
Councils invited to apply for a share of £60m of new funding to support sustainable travel. The Department for Transport’s green sustainable travel access fund, which has been launched to encourage councils to offer sustainable transport initiatives which can improve access to jobs, skills, training & education.
The cash, which will support projects over 3 years from 2017 to 2020, is part of a wider government fund of over £300m to boost walking & cycling during the current parliament. Councils are being encouraged to look at opportunities to work together on devising schemes. The successful authorities will be asked to contribute 10% of their scheme costs.
They are encouraged to work alongside Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), many of whom will be including sustainable transport measures, including walking & cycling investment, proposals to be submitted next month in a further round of Growth Deals where up to £1.8bn will be available. The closing date for councils to bid for a share of the new fund is Friday 9 September 2016. Councils across England can apply, excluding London which falls under the jurisdiction of the Mayor.