Green transport gets £21m funding for 23 schemes across England

The Go Smarter initiative in the North East has received £2m funding.

Councils across the country have won nearly £21m of funding from the government to promote green forms of transport.

The funding is being given out for 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England that offer cheap, clean and healthy travel options to access jobs and education opportunities.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education. The schemes will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone. Our £21m funding shows we are committed to improving lives through investment in sustainable transport.”

Successful local authorities demonstrated they could cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in their areas.

The government says its £21m funding continues its commitment to green transport. Over £300m is committed to support cycling and walking over this Parliament. More than £6bn is earmarked for local road maintenance up to 2021 benefitting cyclists as well as motorists.

The full list of successful local authority bidders and their schemes can be viewed here.

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