Norman Baker details plans for Local Sustainable Travel Fund

norman baker MPLocal Transport Minister Norman Baker is launching a Local Sustainable Travel Fund to support measures to encourage economic growth and reduce carbon emissions.

The aim is also to deliver a cleaner environment, improved safety and higher levels of physical activity in the community. Initiatives to improve integrated transport between different modes and improved public transport and traffic management schemes are examples of projects that may attract funding.
The Fund will be financed from within the Department?s overall budget allocation following the Spending Review.

Norman Baker said, “It is at a local level that most can be done to change patterns of behaviour and encourage more sustainable travel, especially for short journeys.

?It will be for local partnerships ? local transport authorities working with their communities ? to identify the right solutions for their areas which are financially robust and sustainable in the long term.?

Details of the Fund, including resources available, will be announced later this autumn.

Earlier this week, Norman Baker told Public Sector Travel that he was calling in the CBI for ideas on how to cut public sector air travel.

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