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Lib Dems deliver £5,000,000 boost for local transport

July 8, 2011 12:08 PM

Liberal Democrat councillors in Sheffield have welcomed a Government investment of £5 million in green transport policies in the region. South Yorkshire has been awarded £4.98 million through the first round of the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which is designed to boost economic growth and reduce carbon emissions.

The money will be invested in promoting environmentally-friendly ways of commuting. These include a 'Jobconnector' bus service to provide access to a new employment site and a 'wheels to work' scheme to help those in the most isolated areas get to work by bike, scooter or electric scooter, as well as new cycle infrastructure. The original bid for funding was put together under the leadership of Liberal Democrat councillors on Sheffield City Council.

Cllr Ian Auckland, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Transport on Sheffield City Council said:

"This is an excellent result for Sheffield and South Yorkshire. This investment will help boost the local economy and support local people into new jobs.

"It will also help people to travel in a greener way and cut carbon emissions. It's a key sign of the Coalition's aim to be the greenest Government ever."

The money was awarded following a national competitive bidding process. The total national value of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund this year is £155m. Over the next four years £560m will be awarded.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport and Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Baker said:

"I am delighted to be able to fund these excellent projects.

"All the winning schemes have one thing in common - they will help build strong local economies while addressing the urgent challenge of climate change.

"We have empowered local authorities to create packages of sustainable initiatives that are tailored for their local areas, and this is only the beginning - even more funding will be announced next summer following a second round of bids."