Today, through the Government’s £60m Access Fund competition, Plymouth City Council has been awarded £1.5m for Plymotion Three: Access to Employment, Education and Training on foot and by Bike programme.
The funding will support local projects over 3 years from 2017 to 2020 and form part of a wider government package of more than £300 million to boost walking and cycling during the current parliament. By 2040 the government aims to make this part of everyday life and walking and cycling the natural choice for shorter journeys.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
“We are committed to improving how people travel and this investment will ensure that people’s journeys are cheaper, safer and better for the environment. It will help people to become more active and better transport planning will reduce congestion on our roads – particularly at peak times.
“This investment will also help people access jobs, education and training – specifically targeting those looking to get back into work, as part of our relentless drive to make this is a country that works for everyone.”
Nationally, the funding could lead to:
- 95 million fewer miles in car journeys
- 99,000 extra walking trips per day
- 40,000 extra cycling trips per day
The money is being assigned to programmes that deliver:
- more safety and awareness training for cyclists
- extra secure cycle storage
- bike repair and maintenance courses
- road safety measures
- mapping information for pedestrians
- real time bus information through smart phone apps or information at bus stops
- increased focus on car sharing clubs
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:
“We strongly welcome this announcement of the access fund projects and the new cycling and walking to work fund. The evidence suggests that these kinds of projects can remove barriers to work, help local communities and businesses and also tackle local transport problems by giving people attractive alternatives to car use. We look forward to working with the government, the authorities involved, and other organisations to develop and learn from these projects.”