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11 July 2014

Campaigners respond to £64 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund announcement

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes the Government's announcement of Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) spending on packages of measures which improve local connections, reduce environmental damage and offer good value for taxpayers. The Government and political parties must plan to extend and expand the LSTF beyond 2016 to ensure spending on such measures continues.

Local authorities are using the LSTF to secure funding for sustainable transport projects, which often involve packages of small measures, that can be very good value for money. These projects are designed to deliver targeted action to help specific communities or groups access services, jobs and training. Unfortunately, delivery of such projects in future is in doubt as no plan has been made to continue ring-fenced funding for local sustainable transport measures beyond this round of LSTF spending.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"As Monday's Growth Deals announcement showed, the process of allocating funds for local projects through Local Enterprise Partnerships' (LEPs) bids to the Local Growth Fund heavily favours road building projects at the expense of spending on transport which tackles car dependency and improves public transport, cycling and walking. While the LEPs can learn from the LSTF projects to develop better bids in future, the only way to ensure good value revenue and capital spending on local transport projects is to extend and expand the LSTF."
 

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For further information please contact the press office on 020 7566 6483 or 07984 773 468

For further information please contact Chloë Darlington at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or chloe.darlington@bettertransport.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors

1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

2. Campaign for Better Transport commented on Monday's Local Growth Fund announcement: 
http://bettertransport.org.uk/discredited-road-schemes-must-not-prevail-...

3. Campaign for Better Transport was instrumental in making the Local Sustainable Transport Fund a reality in 2011: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/local-sustainable-transport-fund