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'Lively attractive town centres depend on good quality retailing provision and on quality transport links that take...
'Lively attractive town centres depend on good quality retailing provision and on quality transport links that take people where they want to go quickly and reliably,' said transport minister Sarah Boyack.

Speaking at 'Urban Transportation: The Future' in Glasgow, Sarah Boyack said:

'We must all take an active role in safeguarding and improving the amenity of our urban areas.

'The shopper and the office worker require better quality, more frequent and more reliable transport - city councils will only succeed in increasing the space available to the pedestrian and public transport if the alternatives are at least as good if not better.

'Investment is beginning to come through - bus investment is at record levels and bus priority schemes are being introduced in Scotland's four main cities. Through ticketing will soon be a reality in Edinburgh to complement SPTE's longstanding travelcard scheme.

'The Public Transport Fund is a vital part of this process. This will provide£90m over this year and the next two years for new public transport projects. 12 new projects have already been successful this year and very soon I will be announcing the second round of successful awards.'

Successful projects in the first round of the Public Transport Fund included:

-£4m to Aberdeen City Council for bus priority measures and park and ride sites

-£6m awarded to Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire Councils towards the cost of developing bus priority and£3.5m Strathclyde Passenger Transport towards the upgrading of Partick railway station as a fully integrated interchange

-£8m to Edinburgh to take forward the Edinburgh Crossrail project

- Almost£0.5m awarded to Dundee for bus priority measures

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