Monday, July 14, 2014

News: Further funding for sustainable transport

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A further £4.8m of Government funding has been secured to help boost the South Yorkshire economy and get people back to work.

The funding, from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), will be matched with local contributions to create a pot of £72m to support a range of schemes which bring environmental, health and economic benefits. Bidders had to show that the money would be used to help boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and encourage higher levels of cycling and walking.

The award follows the £24.6m received from the same source in 2012.

Delivered under the Inmotion! brand, a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, schemes include Wheels 2 Work, which provides scooters on a short-term loan basis to people needing to take up work or training, but who haven't got the transport to get them there. JobConnector, a new hourly express bus service between Barnsley and Doncaster, connects communities and jobs in these two towns and in the southern Dearne Valley.

Other schemes include Travel Choices support, where help is offered direct to employers and employees to show them their travel choices without depending on a car. This includes giving 3,600 existing car drivers a public transport trial. And there is Independent Travel Training which will deliver travel "buddying" services to 80 young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

There are also schemes to help promote training and to help businesses convert their fleet to clean electric vehicles and to reduce fuel consumption, which in turn will help make our businesses more cost efficient.

Bill Mordue, chairman of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this funding, which will help us to get people into work and training and to do so in a sustainable way that helps the environment.

"Our bid, which we submitted together with all four South Yorkshire councils and a range of other organisations, has secured the second largest amount of funding of all the bids around the country, which we feel is testament to the high quality of the schemes we have put together."

Inmotion! website

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