A sustainable transport scheme for Northumberland has received Government funding totalling £840,000.
The project will enhance and develop the successful delivery of the existing Go Smarter Northumberland sustainable transport to work programme.
The range of schemes will include improved infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, better bus journeys and new and upgraded transport interchanges allowing people to easily switch from one mode of transport to another.
It aims to further improve sustainable travel to work; extend job search horizons; support local businesses and local economic development whilst contributing to an increasingly low-carbon travel culture.
Beneficiaries will include job seekers, those seeking to acquire work skills, existing employees and people with additional needs or difficulties needing support to access employment.
It is one of 44 new sustainable transport schemes across England to receive £440 million.
The Department for Transport is providing £64 million in the latest round of its Local sustainable Transport Fund, with Local Enterprise Partnerships investing over £100 million of the Local Growth Fund.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “We want more people to choose to travel in a way that cuts congestion and carbon, delivering economic and environmental benefits. This funding will make that choice easier for millions of people across the country, delivering new sustainable transport schemes throughout England.”
To be considered for funding, the schemes had to demonstrate how they would boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and encourage higher levels of cycling and walking to improve public health.
The funding announced today is good news for cycling, with all the schemes including measures to get people on their bikes such as cycle hire, maintenance and cycle hubs. This complements the infrastructure schemes funded through the Local Growth Fund, including cycle networks across the country.
The government funding is in addition to the £3bn being provided for transport through the Local Growth Fund, which included £600m for sustainable transport and £700m for packages that benefit all road users.