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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT TOWNS SHORTLISTED TO FINAL SEVEN (ENGLAND)

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Seven English towns are in the running to receive funding through the ...
Seven English towns are in the running to receive funding through the

Department for Transport's multi-million pound sustainable transport

town initiative, transport minister Kim Howells has announced.

The Department for Transport has set aside £7.5m to help

develop plans for sustainable transportation in two towns in England.

These towns will incorporate all aspects of best practice to

encourage walking, cycling and other public transport use and act as

showcases for other towns wishing to promote greater travel choice.

The shortlisted towns are Halifax, Darlington, Peterborough,

Worcester, Hereford, Wolverhampton and Weston-Super-Mare. Each will

now submit fully worked up plans to deliver a sustainable transport

scheme through reducing car dependency, tackling traffic congestion

and helping the provision of a wider diversity of modes of transport

for the public.

The towns on the shortlist were chosen from 50 outline schemes

submitted at the end of September.

The two winning towns will be announced next year.

Kim Howells said,

'I am delighted to announce the seven finalists in this exciting

competition to develop two showcase sustainable transport towns which

will each deliver a package of alternative modes of travel aimed at

combating congestion and reducing car journeys.

'I'll be announcing the winners next year and for them it'll be a

great opportunity to build on our existing knowledge and show what

can be done through a combined package of measures which offer

genuine travel choices for local people.'

Notes

1. Each entry has been assessed on the following criteria; value for

money, partnership initiatives, ability and expertise, suitability of

town and evaluation proposals.

2. This five year project was announced by the DfT on 30 June 2003.

3. DfT has earmarked a total of £1.5m a year for each year of

this new project, On the move: in town, over the financial years

2004/2005 to 2008/09. This will help support the revenue costs of

measures such as school, work and personalised travel planning,

marketing, promoting car sharing and providing facilities for walkers

and cyclists.

4. In turn, the local authority partner is expected to develop an

overarching strategy for the town and put in place infrastructure

which at least matches best practice for promoting quick, safe and

pleasant travel by all modes.

5. Participating local authorities will also be expected to make a

significant contribution to the costs of the project.

6. The project is part of a wider programme of work on improving

travel choices, which followed the publication of the Transport White

Paper and the 10 Year Transport Plan. These include:

- £50m initiative to encourage more sustainable healthy travel

to school

- 14 pilot pilot personalised travel planning projects

- 9 pilot Home Zones schemes in England and Wales; and £30m through

the capital modernisation fund for 61 Home Zone Challenge Schemes

in England.

- Free site specific consultancy advice to help employers develop

travel plans

- Support for the English Regions Cycling Development Team

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