A project to improve public transport and cycle routes in deprived areas of Merseyside is to receive £20 million of government funding.
The North West will benefit from a total of four carbon-cutting, growth-boosting local transport schemes after £57 million of government funding was given the green light today by Transport Minister Norman Baker.
The projects have won funding as part of the third allocation from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The Department for Transport funding is expected to unlock additional local contributions of £41 million for a regional total of over £98 million.
The funding for the Merseytravel project will be used to improve public transport and cycling infrastructure, linking areas of deprivation with key employment hubs. It will include real-time travel information and extra services for bus users, as well as station improvements on the local rail network.
The scheme is among 27 successful bids receiving funding across England today. All projects are designed to create a carbon-cutting transport package that delivers economic growth.
The successful schemes in the North West aim to make walking, cycling and public transport more attractive as well as removing potential transport barriers to employment.
Norman Baker said:
“The schemes we are funding will improve life for people in the North West and show that cutting carbon and boosting economic growth can go hand in hand.
“Our investment in these schemes shows that we are serious about funding infrastructure where there is a clear business case for doing so. The money we are putting into these projects will unlock much greater economic benefits for communities as well as improving the environment – it’s a win-win for the region.”
All the schemes for which funding has been confirmed today are also receiving contributions from the local council or the private sector. In total, the £266 million provided by DfT is allowing more than double that amount to be invested in these projects.
DfT said the local schemes will bring national benefits. In addition to supporting economic growth, while enabling and encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices, the projects will reduce delays on the roads in urban areas – delays which cost the economy around £11 billion a year.
They will also help tackle problems, such as poor air quality, and help to improve the health of the nation by improving cycling and walking infrastructure.