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CASH BOOST FOR LONDON'S PUBLIC TRANSPORT, PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

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London is to receive£84 million for a wide range of integrated transport initiatives as part of the capital's slic...
London is to receive£84 million for a wide range of integrated transport initiatives as part of the capital's slice of the local transport settlement announced Glenda Jackson, minister for transport on London. The money goes to the boroughs in the form of government support for transport expenditure in 1999 - 2000.

Of the£84 million total,£27 million will go to public transport and local projects which make it easier to choose to use alternatives to the car.

Getting money for the first time are:

- £2.8 million for six public transport packages;

- £700,000 for safe route to schools in nine boroughs;

- £500,000 for walking projects in four boroughs;

- £700,000 for the London-wide lorry ban re-signing package;

- £700,000 for the World Squares for All project.

Ms Jackson said:

'Today is great news for travel in the capital. We are putting£84 million in to integrated transport making easier to get around and going towards creating real alternatives to using the car,

'We are putting£10 million into local road safety schemes to make the roads safer for everyone. There is also an extra£1 million on the London Bus Priority Network, bringing its allocation up to£12 million, and giving£500,000 more to the London Cycle Network, seeing its total funding rise to£5.5 million.

'Making it easier for people to choose to leave their cars at home is at the heart of the New Deal for Transport. It will make it better for everyone by cutting congestion, enhancing safety and improving the environment.

'I am delighted we have found money for bus and cycle networks as well as two dozen other new initiatives. The funds will be targeted to bring real benefits to Londoners.'

There will be£3.3 million of ongoing support for six further packages including the SWELTRAC (South and West London Transport Conference) package and station improvements on the Barking to Gospel Oak railway line. In addition, Stratford Station Eastern Concourse is allocated£900,000 to continue the development of the Stratford Regional Station.

Other support for London boroughs announced in the settlement includes£27 million for road safety schemes, traffic signal works and other borough transport projects. Maintenance of the capital's principal roads and highway structures will receive nearly£30 million.

NOTES

1. Local highway authorities make annual bids for Transport Supplementary Grant (TSG) and capital support in their Transport Policies and Programmes (TPP) submission to the secretary of state every July.

2. Total accepted expenditure for London local authorities is£84 million. There are£1.970 million of adjustments to take account of underspending from previous settlements.

3. Bus Priority Measures. The London Bus Priority Network has been given a£1 million increase in allocation to £12 million. The London Bus Priority Network (LBPN) aims to deliver strategic benefits for passengers by promoting improvements along specific bus corridors. It will also includemeasures at public transport interchanges, which give priority to buses and enhanced access for cyclists and pedestrians,helping to make changes between transport services easier.

4. The London Bus Priority Network implementation programme will be taken forward through local authority partnership arrangements with other organisations that could assist or pool resources. The aim is to ensure the full co-operation of the main bodies likely to have a direct interest in promoting such corridors, to improve conditions for specified bus routes.

5. SWELTRAC was established in 1994 and brings together 12 local authorities with London Transport, Railtrack, bus and train

operators and the London Regional Passengers Committee for the purpose of improving public transport in south and west London.

6. Public Transport Packages Support has been earmarked for six new public transport packages:

-£150,000 to launch the Thames Gateway London Partnership Package;

-£700,000 for developing SELTRANS (the South East London Transport strategy);

-£500,000 for beginning workon the Wandle Valley Package;

-£400,000 for taking forward the Lea Valley Transport Strategy Package;

-£300,000 for beginning work on the Green Areas initiative; and

-£700,000 for taking forward the Joint Borough Bid for West London.

7. London Cycle Network (LCN). The London Cycle Network has been

given a£500,000 increase, seeing its total funding rise to£5.5 million. The extra allocation aims to help the Network reach a rapid completion so that cyclists may benefit at the earliest possible time. 1999-00 is the fifth year of funding for the LCN. Provision

of complete links to town centres and at public transport interchanges will again be targeted, as will assisting with safer routes to schools and provision for cyclists at major road junctions.

8. Local Road Safety Schemes. Almost£10 million has been allocated across 33 boroughs so that they can target schemes giving the maximum safety benefit. This is some 12% higher than last year's settlement and will give continued support to the Government's campaign to reduce road casualties.

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