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SIXTY PER CENT FUNDING RISE BELIES OVERALL TRANSPORT INCREASE

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The government yesterday increased funding for local authority transport schemes by 60 per cent to£135m in 1999-20...
The government yesterday increased funding for local authority transport schemes by 60 per cent to£135m in 1999-2000, the Financial Times reports (p15).

The money will be spent on integrated programmes to improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, buses and motorists.

However, overall funding for local councils, which includes major road schemes, road maintenance and bridge strengthening, rose only 7 per cent, to£624m, after excluding Croydon Tramlink from the numbers.

The AA has criticised the small overall increase as a 'sham', saying the total figure was much less than the£1.6bn councils had applied for.
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