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Funding uncertainty jeopardising sustainable travel initiatives

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Funding uncertainty is preventing councils from investing in sustainable travel initiatives promoting cycling, walking and the use of public transport, research has found.

A survey of 152 top-tier councils by the Local Government Association has revealed a lack of revenue funding was the main barrier to investment, with 87% of local authorities saying it was hindering cycling and walking initiatives while 82% said it was a barrier to improving public transport use.

The LGA said a lack of sustainable funding is preventing councils from investing in travel measures which would promote exercise, cut congestion and reduce emissions as part of health and wellbeing strategies.

Judith Blake (Lab), Local Government Association transport spokesperson, said: “Councils are working hard to reduce congestion on our roads and tackle air pollution in our communities. Good air quality is vital for our health and quality of life as well as the environment.”

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