Scotland Ready for 20 - 20s Plenty press release

Scotland Ready for 20 - 20s Plenty press release

Ready for 20 Scotland took place at the City Chambers on 8th June. The event attracted over 85 delegates from all over Scotland and the UK. Reported widely in the press as Edinburgh prepares to launch 20mph city wide limits with Glasgow soon to follow suit, the event was a great success.  (Image shows panel: Rod King MBE - 20s Plenty for Us, Cllr. Lesley Hinds -City of Edinburgh, Phil Nobel - City of Edinburgh and Graham Thomson - Transport Scotland)

Transition Funded Authorities announced

What is keenly awaited announcement, the Transition Year Funding for sustainable transport projects 2016 - 17

£21m green transport funding to support job creation and clean up air quality. 

Successful schemes get funding to improve lives and increase access to jobs.

Councils across the country have won nearly £21 million of funding from the government to promote green forms of transport, it was announced today (Tuesday 24 May).

The funding is being given out for 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England that 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.”

 Successful local authorities demonstrated they could cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in their areas.

This funding continues the government’s commitment to green transport. Over £300 million is committed to support cycling and walking over this Parliament. More than £6 billion will be provided for local road maintenance up to 2021 benefitting cyclists as well as motorists, with well-surfaced roads and cycle paths.

The government also aims to make almost every car and van zero emission by 2050 with £2 billion work of measures committed since 2011 to green transport schemes. This has funded thousands of low emissions buses introduced by bus operators on routes across England. 

The list of successful schemes is available below listing authority, region and amount of Transition Funding, match funding in most cases increases the overall proposed spend:

Birmingham City Council

West Midlands

Walk To…

£2.480

Brighton & Hove City Council

South East

Transition Brighton & Hove

£0.485

Bristol City Council

South West

Travel WEST Transition

£2.200

Central Bedfordshire Council

East of England

Creating Opportunities and Breaking Down Barriers via the Luton to Dunstable Cycle Superhighway

£0.543

Cheshire East Council

North West

Access to Employment and Skills Through Active Travel

£0.350

Devon County Council

South West

Boosting growth through sustainable travel

£0.500

Gloucestershire County Council

South West

Thinktravel Gloucestershire

£0.480

Hampshire County Council

South East

Connecting Hampshire to Grow Rural Prosperity

£0.444

Herefordshire Council

West Midlands

Destination Hereford Phase 2

£0.419

Hertfordshire County Council

East of England

Sustainable Travel Transition Year Bid

£0.401

Isle of Wight Council

South East

Transforming Travel: Continuing Our Journey to Sustainability and Growth

£0.450

Lincolnshire County Council

East Midlands

Access Lincoln

£0.500

Manchester Combined Authority

North West

Let’s Get to Work (2016/17)

£2.500

Milton Keynes Council

South East

get smarter travel in Milton Keynes

£0.420

Norfolk County Council

East of England

Pushing Ahead: AtoBetter, Your Journey, Your Way

£0.396

North East Combined Authority

North East

Go Smarter (across the North East)

£2.343

North East Lincolnshire Council

Yorkshire & Humber

Delivering Growth Through Sustainable Travel

£0.441

North Lincolnshire Council

Yorkshire & Humber

Travel Best: Sustainable Ways to Work

£0.469

 Peterborough City Council

East of England

Travelchoice Focus

£0.500

Portsmouth City Council

South East

A sustainable and Connected City (Phase 2)

£0.455

 Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Yorkshire & Humber

Sheffield City Region: Active, Connected, Efficient

£2.500

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (Tees Valley Unlimited)

North East

Connect Tees Valley 2016/17 Transition

£0.990

 

Swindon Borough Council

South West

Swindon Travel Choices – Transition Year

£0.366

 Total: £20.631m

Local Transport Hack - on behalf of Landor LINKS

Local Transport Hack - on behalf of Landor LINKS

As part of the Smarter Travel LIVE! event we are running a transport 'hackathon' this weekend on behalf of Landor LINKS

We have four teams of developers here now who are working on challenges from the world of local transport.

The challenges include:

From Traveline they are looking for an improved way to get information out on live disruption notifications,.

From the Lake District National Park, they have a major problem with congestion caused by the 20 million visitors arriving by car. Can the hackers propose new ways of getting these visitors to choose a better way to get to the Park?

From Milton Keynes they have issues with car parking in the city centre, can the hackers develop an App to show residents and visitors to available parking spaces?

Bucks CC have a Total Transport project, and want to understand possible solutions to reduce costs associated with assisted travel.

It looks like the Lake District and Traveline challenges have attracted the most interest. The solutions will be presented at Smarter Travel LIVE on Thursday.

GIANT CARROTS LAUNCH

GIANT CARROTS LAUNCH

We've flipped the lid and pushed the button. We're off on a mission to... well let's see where Giant Carrots takes us.

Keep your eye out for updates here.