Department for Transport's multi-million pound sustainable transport
town initiative, transport minister Kim Howells has announced.
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.'
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
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
- 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
- Free site specific consultancy advice to help employers develop
- Support for the English Regions Cycling Development Team