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Borough wins transport cash boost

Solihull is set for a share of a £3 million funding package to improve cycling, walking and public transport facilities.

Cllr Kath Hartley
Cllr Kath Hartley

Solihull is set for a share of a £3 million funding package to improve cycling, walking and public transport facilities.

The money, from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will pay for a range of public transport initiatives designed to connect people to work, education, training and leisure.

It will be used by transport authority Centro and Birmingham and Solihull councils to provide free travel passes and cycling support for jobseekers.

Other initiatives will include new cycle storage facilities at railway stations, personalised travel support for students, parents and staff at schools, free adult cycle training and bus and HGV driver training focused on vulnerable road users.

The initiatives will be delivered during 2015-16 and will build on Centro’s £50 million, three-year Smart Network, Smarter Choices project, which runs until March 2015.

The project involves the creation of new cycle routes, upgrades to traffic junctions and free travel advice for residents.

Coun Kath Hartley, Centro’s vice chair, said: “Our Smart Network, Smarter Choices project has given us a strong foundation but we need to make sure we build on this work and keep supporting Birmingham and Solihull residents in the way they travel.

“This new funding will allow us to continue these schemes which reduce the congestion costing our region more than £2 billion a year, as well as making sure our residents are well connected to jobs, education and training.”

The renewed transport schemes aim
to encourage more than 6,000 new cyclists, and to cut the number of kilometres driven by cars by nearly 20 million a year.

 

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