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TRANSPORT PACKAGES ACCEPTED FOR FUNDING IN 1999-00

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Ashdown Forest (£300k). This package aims to reduce speeds and improve road safety in the Ashdown Forest area. The proposed measures include traffic calming and carriageway edge surface treatments to

encourage lower speeds.

Ashford (£450k). This year's proposals comprise bus, cycle and

pedestrian measures, as well as parking information systems to reduce

circulating traffic. Results so far have included an increase in bus

patronage of 4.5% in 1996, with a further increase of 1.2% in 1997

and a reduction in the number of personal injury accidents.

Better Ways To School, Oxfordshire (£100k). This innovative project

looks to bring about a shift in modes of transport to and from

school, away from the car. It is centred on the rural community of

Faringdon.

Bexhill & Hastings (£600k). The aim of this new package is to improve

accessibility, which will assist existing business expansion and the

attraction of inward investment. Measures proposed include a parking

strategy for Hastings, a Quality Bus Corridor along the A21 Battle

Road and improvements to railway station access.

Brighton and Hove (£1.9m). This package was one of the first to be

accepted for funding and is now delivering real benefits. Road space

has been reallocated to modes other than the private car, with the

result that bus patronage has increased by 5% per annum over the last

four years and cycle movements have increased by 24%. Measures

proposed for 1999-00 include bus priority schemes, traffic management

and calming, cycling, pedestrian and environmental improvements,

along with the introduction of a Shopmobility scheme and 'Wheelchair'

routes for people with disabilities.

Canterbury (£600k). This now well established transport strategy has

borne fruit in several ways, including reducing daily traffic in

Canterbury by 3.5% over the last five years, compared to 12% growth

for all traffic in Kent over the same period. Proposals for 1999-00

include infrastructure improvements for the New Dover Road Park and

Ride scheme, cycle schemes and improved walking facilities.

East Grinstead (£100k). The objectives of this new package are to

improve the town centre environment for all users, particularly

pedestrians, cyclists and public transport passengers through

reducing traffic levels by encouraging alternative modes of travel.

To reduce dependence on the car proposed measures include traffic

management, continued implementation of cycle routes, the provision

of a pedestrian bridge over the A22 and a Safe Routes to Schools

project.

Guildford (£1m). This package is centred on traffic restraint, firm

parking policies and the provision of high quality public transport.

The package measures proposed for 1999-00 include the provision of

additional Park and Ride sites and the implementation of a number of

routes forming part of the strategic cycle network. Also proposed

are pedestrian and school travel measures and enhanced control of on

street parking and charging.

High Wycombe (£750k). Following the town centre pedestrianisation

scheme, proposals for 1999-00 will focus on improved bus access.

Better links to the station, a second Quality Bus Route, and a new

busway along part of the disused Bourne End railway will all play

their part. Other measures include improved car park signing, traffic

calming and the promotion of Green Transport Plans.

Kent Thames-side (£800k). This new package covers the area of North

Kent known as Kent Thames-side. Quality Bus Partnerships, a public

transport interchange at Gravesend and improvements in the Dartford

town centre are all amongst the measures planned for 1999-00.

Maidstone (£400k). Real time passenger information, bus stop

improvements, together with bus and pedestrian priority at traffic

signals, and the upgrade of pedestrian crossings for disabled people

are among the main measures planned for 1999-00.

New Forest (£400k). Measures for 1999-00 include environmentally

sensitive traffic management measures for Brockenhurst, the Ashurst

to Lyndhurst Cycle Route and traffic management measures in

Lyndhurst.

Oxford (£2m). This successful integrated package consists of around

ninety individual measures which are being implemented incrementally.

Proposals for 1999-00 include bus priority schemes, Park and Ride

enhancement, cycling schemes, traffic management and parking control.

Reading (£1.8m). Measures for 1999-00 in this wide ranging package

include further development of the Town Centre Strategy, cycleways,

Safe Routes to Schools, bus priority and other public transport

initiatives. Work on the setting up of a Special Parking Area will

continue together with environmental and accessibility schemes.

Safe Routes To School (Surrey) (£250k). The objectives of this

package include achieving a radical shift away from the private car

for the school journey and increasing children's independent mobility

and responsibility.

Southampton (£700k). Proposals for 1999-00 include further City

Centre Transport Plan schemes, such as those which give priority to

pedestrians, improve bus facilities and improve access for disabled

people. Other elements cover traffic management schemes and cycle

routes throughout the package area. The ROMANSE transport telematics

project will also continue into its final stage.

Thanet (£400k). This new package aims to assist the regeneration of

the Thanet area and to address the very serious congestion problems

on the A256. Proposals include cycle and pedestrian facilities, Safe

Routes to Schools projects and managing levels of traffic through

pedestrian priority, traffic calming and traffic management schemes.

Tunbridge Wells (£200k). This package seeks to manage peak hour

congestion and reduce its environmental impact by providing a

comprehensive Park and Ride system, bus priority measures, an area

wide cycle network and the relocation of long stay parking to the

edge of the urban area. Measures proposed for 1999-00 include traffic

signals, bus priorityschemes and cycle priority measures.

Winchester (£1.2m). Measures for 1999-00 include extension of the

Park and Ride car park at Bar End, pedestrian enhancements on a

further stage of the Jewry Street scheme together with improved

bus/rail interchange facilities at Winchester Station.

Worthing (£300k). Bus priority measures based on a Quality Bus

Partnership plus pedestrian facilities are the main measures proposed

for 1999-00.

South West

Avon (£3.5m). This package is primarily concerned with the need to

encourage alternatives to the car and to discourage car use. 1999- 00

measures will be targeted on twelve corridors and centres. Of these,

four special priority areas have been identified:- Bath City Centre,

Central Bristol, Bristol North Fringe and Weston- Super-Mare Town

Centre.

Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch (£1.25m). The package area has been

enlarged for 1999-00 and now includes Christchurch. Proposals for the

coming year include the Creekmoor Park and Ride scheme, strategic

junction improvements, various bus priority measures and

cycling/walking improvements.

Cheltenham (£600k). A variety of pedestrian and bus priority and

cycling schemes.

Dartmoor (£250k). The Dartmoor National Park Traffic Management

strategy provides the policy background for this package. Various

cycling, public transport and traffic management schemes, including

the Buckfastleigh pedestrian safety scheme, are amongst the items bid

for in 1999-00.

East Devon Rural (£250k). This new package is designed both to

provide better access to facilities for people without their own

transport and to reduce the number of short journeys made by private

car. It focuses on capital works to provide enhanced facilities for

public transport and optimises revenue support from the Government's

Rural Bus Service Grant.

Exeter (£800k). Proposals for 1999-00 are concentrated on the eastern

corridor. They include further development of the Honiton Road Park

and Ride site, which is currently under construction, and bus

priority measures on Heavitree Road. The programme also includes for

Safe Routes to Schools schemes.

Falmouth (£750k). The main element of the 1999-00 bid is for the

Ponsharden Park and Ride site. Other measures include traffic calming

and Safe Routes to Schools projects.

Gloucester (£650k). The bid for 1999-00 includes proposals to

restrain traffic and to provide improved access to public transport

facilities, particularly at bus stops. Various pedestrian, cycling

and traffic management schemes are also included in the bid.

Newton Abbot (£500k). Improved facilities for pedestrians, cyclists,

public transport users and disabled people form the centrepiece of

this newly accepted package. Traffic calming schemes and Safer

Journeys to Schools projects are also included in the programme.

Plymouth (£1m). This year's increased allocation is designed to

enable a start to be made on the Carkeel Park and Ride scheme. A wide

range of other measures to assist pedestrians, cyclists, public

transport users and disabled people are also planned.

Stroud (£375k). The aim of this new package is to limit local car

traffic and to persuade drivers to use alternative forms of transport

such as cycling, walking and public transport. Emphasis is placed on

improving the primary gateway routes linking the residential areas

with the town centre.

Swindon (£1m). The development of a Park and Ride site in the

vicinity of junction 16 of the M4, bus priority measures and cycle

schemes are the main measures in the 1999-00 bid.

Taunton (£375k). Measures to assist public transport and cycling form

the mainstay of their bid.

West Midlands

Hereford (£575k). The broad thrust of this package is to encourage a

shift away from the private car towards greater use of public

transport, cycling and walking. The main measures planned for

1999-00 are bus priority in Victoria Street, cycle network

development, traffic calming schemes and parking restraint.

Shrewsbury (£800k). The 1999-00 bid focuses on measures to achieve a

modal shift from car use. Having established a successful Park and

Ride system, and taken significant steps towards creating a more

pedestrian friendly town centre, the package now includes measures to

set up a Bus Quality partnership, improve bus and rail interchange

facilities, develop the cycle network and expand existing Park and

Ride facilities.

Stafford (£575k). The main features planned for 1999-00 are the

development of the UTC/Gateway system in the town centre to help

public transport; the establishment of a Bus Quality Partnership;

measures to assist cyclists and pedestrians; and traffic calming.

Staffordshire Safe Routes to School (£150k). This new package is

aimed at achieving a modal shift in school based journeys away from

the motor car, to cycling, walking and public transport. A 'toolbox'

of measures to suit each particular school will be developed,

including new pedestrian crossings, speed cameras, cycle routes, 20

mph zones and cycle training.

Stoke/Newcastle (£1.725m). Proposals for 1999-00 include the

completion of bus priority measures along the A50 corridor and a

further Quality Bus Corridor between Kidsgrove and Meir; traffic

calming; some minor junction improvements; and a Safe Routes to

School Challenge. The allocation includes a significant contribution

towards the continuing development of the North Staffordshire

Transport Telematics project.

Tamworth (£500k). The main elements of this new package are the

development of a Bus Quality Partnership, the creation of a Green

Commuting Challenge Fund and the development of travel management

initiatives to encourage walking and cycling as part of a Safe Routes

to School initiative. The improvement of interchange facilities at

the railway station is aimed at achieving a modal shift in the large

number of commuter journeys to Birmingham.

Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth (£300k). Proposals for 1999-00

include the continuation of safety improvement works along the A452

corridor, the development of strategic cycle routes and works to

improve facilities for pedestrians in Warwick town centre.

West Midlands (£16m). This package has received a further increase in

allocation in order to accelerate progress on the bus showcase

corridors. In this connection, it is hoped work will begin on two

further showcase routes in 1999-00. A programme of minor works

designed to assist cyclists, pedestrians and disabled people is also

included in the bid, as are measures to provide or improve rail

stations. The package has an increasing emphasis on telematics and

variable message signs to manage traffic in this congested urban

area.

Worcester (£775k). The main measures for 1999-00 include the

provision of the first Park and Ride scheme, the continuation of bus

priority schemes and implementation of a cycle/pedestrian network and

traffic calming. A bid is also made for enhanced SCOOT bus priority

roadside detection equipment.

North West

Blackburn and Hyndburn (£*k). The proposals for 1999-00 concentrate

on completing works on the corridor between Accrington and Blackburn.

The allocation will ensure continuing progress on the Whitebirk Park

and Ride scheme and Quality Bus Partnership and a start on a real

time bus information system.

Burnley and Pendle (£*k). This new package contains a programme of

measures to remove traffic from unsuitable areas and reverse the

trend of increasing car use for local journeys. The main measures

proposed for 1999-00 include cycling facilities, a Quality Bus

Partnership, other public transport measures and pedestrian priority

in Burnley Town Centre.

Lake District (£750k). This package has been given a substantial

boost in allocation to reflect its importance to the Lake District

Transport Strategy. Its overall aim is to provide high quality

access, which meets the needs of those that live in and visit the

area, while protecting the environment. Public transport

improvements, strategic cycle routes and the signing of an agreed

coach network will continue to be funded along with work on some Area

Action Plans.

Lancaster (£*k). 1999-00 proposals are targeted towards the

continuation of the Quality Bus Partnership, the continuation of the

pedestrian/cycleway bridge over the River Lune and Safe Routes to

School schemes.

Macclesfield (£**k). The substantial boost in allocation given to the

Cheshire packages is designed primarily to enable work to begin on

the new Macclesfield Bus Interchange. Cycle schemes and Safe Routes

to School projects are also planned for 1999-00.

Greater Manchester (£11.75m). For 1999-00, the Greater Manchester

authorities have made a clear commitment to the implementation of a

bus led corridor approach for the improvement of public transport on

strategic corridors. Three corridor schemes have been agreed as the

priority corridors for implementation in 1999-00. The package also

contains a wide range of measures including improvements for

pedestrians and cyclists and Safer Routes to School projects.

Merseyside (£13.2m). This package focuses on supporting regeneration,

promoting modal shift, maximising the effectiveness of the existing

infrastructure and improving safety and the local environment. The

programme for 1999-00 builds on the successful public transport

improvements to date, through further bus and rail infrastructure

measures, bus priority measures to support quality bus corridors,

cycling, walking and environmental improvements.

Northwich (£**k). Significant emphasis has been placed on

improvements for pedestrians in the town centre and radial routes and

the provision of cycle routes in order to encourage less use of the

car. The existing successful Quality Bus Partnership will be extended

to other routes serving the town.

Preston and South Ribble (£*k). The main measures proposed for

1999-00 include the Riversway Park and Ride scheme, the provision of

bus information at Preston rail station and a number of cycling and

traffic management schemes.

- A joint allocation of£2.35m has been made for all Lancashire

packages. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have joint

responsibility with Lancashire for the Blackburn & Hyndburn package.

** A joint allocation of£1.1m has been made for the two Cheshire

packages.

North East

Darlington (£450k). This new package aims to encourage walking and

cycling as well as the use of the bus and train. A wide range of

measures to encourage these modes of transport are proposed in the

1999-00 bid.

Durham (£350k). This new package seeks to provide an efficient

transport system which meets future economic and social needs in an

environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Restricting

unnecessary vehicle movements in Saddler Street, and improving

conditions for pedestrians and public transport in the city centre

are amongst the measures planned for 1999-00.

Hartlepool (£465k). The emphasis this year is on public transport.

The north-south bus priority route will allow Hartlepool to take

advantage of the opening of the A179 Extension, and low floor bus

infrastructure is complemented by private sector investment in new

buses. Cycling and environmental improvements are also included, and

attract additional funding from various sources.

Seaham (£500k). Improving access to promote regeneration is the focus

of this package. Construction of the Town Centre Link Road and

completion of the Seaham Grange roundabout will improve access to

industrial areas, remove traffic and facilitate environmental

improvements in the town centre. Public transport, cycling and

pedestrian schemes also feature.

Teesside (£2m). This joint package is designed to provide attractive

alternatives to the private car. The programme of bus priority green

routes continues, together with further infrastructure improvements

for low floor buses. Traffic management and environmental measures in

bypassed communities are included, alongside Safe Routes to School

programmes andimprovements for pedestrians and cyclists.

Tyne and Wear (£5.725m). This joint package targets the main

corridors and centres within the five metropolitan districts of Tyne

and Wear. The partners' aims of economic regeneration and

environmental improvement are pursued through measures designed to

promote access for all, to reduce demand for travel by the private

car and provide high quality, sustainable alternatives.

Yorkshire & The Humber

Bridlington (£300k). This new package aims to place greater emphasis

on public transport, cycling and walking. The measures proposed

include the introduction of a 20 mph zone in the town centre,

improvements to the railway station and coach park, the development

of Safe Routes to Schools projects and better facilities for

cyclists.

Harrogate (£500k). The package concentrates on measures to improve

facilities for pedestrians and public transport in Harrogate and

Knaresborough centres. Resources are also being provided to introduce

bus priority measures on Wetherby Road, to extend the cycle route

network and to improve facilities for disabled people.

Greater Hull (£1.8m). Following the successful introduction of bus

priorities on the Holderness Road corridor, the 1999-00 bid looks to

provide similar facilities on the main western and northern corridors

into the centre of Hull. Substantial resources will be dedicated to

extending the cycle network in the city and providing safe routes to

schools.

North East Lincs (£500k). This package contains a variety of measures

to improve public transport, introduce extensive traffic calming and

to enhance cycling facilities, focused on the A16 Peakes Parkway and

the Grimsby-Cleethorpes corridors.

North York Moors (£400k). The key aim of this new package is to

reduce the impact of traffic on the environment of the National Park.

The proposals include village traffic calming, control of informal

parking in moorland areas, better facilities at the visitor centres

in Thornton and at Sutton Bank and improvements to the Esk Valley

Railway.

South Yorkshire (£8.5m). The key aims of the package are for

sustainable economic regeneration; improved access to the coalfields

areas; and an improved environment. The 1999-00 bid measures include

a series of initiatives to reduce the need to travel and encourage

modal shift to public transport, cycling and walking. The authorities

are also working to take up the Deputy Prime Minister's challenge to

become a centre of excellence for integrated transport.

West Yorkshire (£11m). The package has continued to develop an

integrated and inter-agency approach to addressing transport

problems. A programme to reduce car dependency and support

sustainable economic development is planned for 1999-00. All aspects

of the package will be developed further in the proposals to be a

centre of excellence for integrated transport.

York (£1m). The package contains a wide variety of measures to assist

public transport, cycling and walking within the cityincluding

schemes to improve road safety, extend the network of cycle routes,

provide greater priority for public transport and to develop safer

routes to school.

Yorkshire Dales (£300k). This new package aims to increase the

availability and attractiveness of public transport and to reduce the

environmental impact of traffic in the National Park. Initial

priorities will focus on the improvement of bus services from Skipton

and Ilkley to Upper Wharfedale and Malham and the introduction of

traffic management measures around Bolton Abbey.

East Midlands

Derby (£900k). The proposals are concentrated on the improvement to

bus priority in various bus corridors. This will complement the

associated investment in new buses by operators along the routes. In

other parts of the package area there will be enhancements to

facilities for cyclists, pedestrians and disabled people, and the

continuation of the Safer Routes to School programme.

N E Derbyshire (£250k). This new package area is an essentially rural

area, dominated by the town of Chesterfield at its centre. The

package aims to manage the demand to travel by car and to assist

modal shift and regeneration. Measures proposed in the 1999-00 bid

include traffic calming, resident parking schemes, facilities for

pedestrians and cyclists and bus priority measures.

Hope and Upper Derwent Valleys (£335k). his rural package is aimed

at reducing the number and impact of car journeys in this tourist

'honeypot' area of the Peak District. For 1999-00 the proposals

concentrate on traffic calming, parking management, and the provision

of facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

Central Leicestershire (£3.6m). For 1999-00, a specific allocation

has been given to enable work to start on the Belgrave Corridor

public transport project. A wide range of other measures, such as

improved facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled people,

traffic calming, Safe Routes to School initiatives and UTC system

development are also included in the bid.

Greater Lincoln (£400k). The proposals for 1999-00 concentrate on

pedestrian priority measures, including Safe Routes to School,

traffic calming and traffic management, improvements to cycling

facilities and bus priority measures.

Loughborough and Shepshed (£300k). During 1999-00 it is proposed to

continue with low cost measures to develop public transport, to

improve pedestrian and cycling facilities, and to install traffic

calming measures.

Newark (£200k). This new package seeks to achieve significant modal

transfer to cycling and walking for the 72% of trips which are less

than 4km in length and also to public transport for all lengths of

journey including those from the rural hinterland. The main measures

proposed for 1999-00 include improvements to pedestrian and cycling

facilities, expenditure on the Bus Quality network and measures

related to the Safer Travel to School initiative.

Northampton (£900k). The strategy for package implementation uses a

corridor approach. The proposals concentrate on improvements to

public transport and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians,

including Safer Routes to School projects.

Greater Nottingham (£3m). The minor works proposals for 1999-00

continue with bus priority measures, facilities for cyclists and

pedestrians, Safe Routes to School initiatives and junction

improvements as part of the Southside regeneration developments.

West Nottinghamshire and Shirebrook (£650k). The measures proposed

in 1999-00 are linked to bus promotion measures, cycling and

pedestrian facilities, Safe Travel to School initiatives and parking

management.

Skegness (£300k). The main measures proposed in 1999-00 for this

newly accepted package include bus priority at junctions on the

Skegness to Ingomells route, traffic management and environmental

improvements along the main shopping street, facilities for cyclists

and signing measures to minimise the impact of coach traffic.

Eastern

Bedford/Kempston (£1.3m). The main proposals for 1999-00 are the

completion of the Cardington Cross Park and Ride scheme with

associated bus priority measures into the centre of Bedford, cycling,

environmental and safety measures and the town centre controlled

parking zone.

Bury St Edmunds (£450k). The main proposals for 1999-00 are

improvements for bus operations through the Superoute concept, cycle

network development including routes to school, traffic calming,

pedestrian facilities and car park management.

Cambridge (£2.5m). The 1999-00 year programme includes the completion

of the Babraham Road Park and Ride scheme, expansion of other park

and ride sites, bus priority corridors, town centre core traffic

management and extensive cycleway development.

Chelmsford (£575k). This new package seeks to encourage the

provision, co-ordination and integration of all modes of transport in

the interests of sustainability, accessibility and safety. The main

measures proposed for 1999-00 include schemes to assist public

transport, cycling and demand management measures.

Colchester (£1m). The package works in 1999-00 concentrate on public

transport improvements, further development of the town centre 20 mph

zone, cycling measures, traffic calming in residential areas and

pedestrian and disabled facilities.

Harlow (£600k). The 1999-00 programme concentrates on developing

cycle networks and significant public transport corridor improvements

including rail interchange and bus station development. Other

measures include safety and environmental improvements and measures

to assist pedestrians.

Ipswich (£1.1m). The main measures proposed in 1999-00 include

corridor treatment to improve bus operations in the

Kesgrave/Martlesham area, town centre sustainable access proposals,

cycle routes and Safe Routes to School initiatives.

King's Lynn (£500k). This new package is designed to support economic

growth and regeneration without detriment to the environment. Cycling

measures and pedestrian improvements are the main elements of the

1999-00 bid.

LEARN (£250k). The package is developing safe and sustainable school

travel and will allow further demonstration schemes to be carried

out.

Lea Valley (£850k). The Lea Valley package area covers a strategic

transport corridor stretching from the county border with London (at

Waltham Cross) to the county town of Hertford. The centrepiece of

promoting bus travel is the Green Route and the associated

development of Hertford and Waltham Cross bus stations. Measures to

promote walking, cycling and rail use also feature in the 1999- 00

bid.

Lowestoft (£450k). Significant further cycling measures are proposed

involving Safe Routes to School, improvements for pedestrians and

public transport and lorry management measures following completion

of the Northern Spine Road and improvements in the South Lowestoft

Regeneration Area.

Luton/Dunstable (£1m). The package concentrates on encouraging modes

other than the car in a very congested area. Main proposals for

1999-00 include bus lanes on Church Street in Dunstable, High Street,

Houghton Regis and the A505 corridor in Luton and significant cycle

route projects. Further works are also planned for developing the

Translink public transport project.

Norwich (£1.2m). Measures will further develop the extensive works

already carried out in the area and will include extensive cycle

routes, disabled and pedestrian measures, traffic management, town

centre and environmental area improvements and bus corridor

developments.

South East Essex (£1m). The package proposals for 1999-00 include

significant public transport development for buses and improved

access to rail services to try and maximise use of rail in an area

with 13 stations. Major cycle facilities are proposed along with

safety, environmental, traffic calming, demand management and

pedestrian improvements.

South West Herts (£1.5m). Significant proposals for 1999-00

include extensive development of cycling networks, extending the

green bus corridors, local traffic management and calming, Safe

Routes to School and Watford Town centre improvements

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