England to get its first 'sustainable travel city'14/05/2009 News
Up to £29 million over the next 3 years will be invested in at least one of England’s largest cities to encourage greener travel choices. These will include plans to support walking, cycling and initiatives to improve public transport.
This follows the success of the department’s three Sustainable Travels Towns who, over the last five years, have seen car use fall by up to 9%, walking increase by up to 14%, and cycling increase at least 12%.
Transport Minister Paul Clark said:
“Our Sustainable Travel Towns have proved that with the right information and improved facilities we can make a real difference to how people travel.
“Giving people a real alternative to the car not only reduces congestion and carbon emissions but also increases the amount of exercise they take.
“The opportunity to become England’s first Sustainable Travel City will be a chance to see these benefits on a much larger scale and I look forward to seeing the bids coming in.”
The aim of the Sustainable Travel City is to ease congestion, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase levels of physical activity in the local area. By achieving this, the city is expected to provide a model for others to follow.
The major urban areas eligible to apply suffer from the worst congestion in the country. The nine areas are: Greater Manchester, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Merseyside, Bristol, Nottingham and Leicester.