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Funding secured for local transport schemes

6 Jul 11 A new swing bridge for pedestrians and cyclists in Lowestoft is among 39 local transport schemes given the go-ahead in the £155m first tranche of allocations from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Schemes were judged against criteria of creating growth and cutting carbon.

The successful schemes also include a variety of measures such as smart ticketing, the promotion of infrastructure for electric vehicles, bus and rail improvement measures, cycling and walking.

Other successful bids include:

• Expanding the park & ride scheme in Oxford

• A new rail station in Stratford upon Avon

• A car sharing, electric vehicle charging posts and improvement to bus services in Hampshire.

 Transport minister Norman Baker said: “All the winning schemes have one thing in common – they will help build strong local economies while addressing the urgent challenge of climate change.

 “We have empowered local authorities to create packages of sustainable initiatives that are tailored for their local areas, and this is only the beginning – even more funding will be announced next summer following a second round of bids.”

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund is worth £560m over the next four years.

The deadline for expressions of interest for large projects and for Tranche 2 small projects was 6 June 2011. Department for Transport plans to decide on Tranche 2 and large project winners by summer 2012.

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