Borough gets 20m green transport boost

Thu 9 August 2012, 10:27 am

Reading Borough Council has been awarded 20.7 million in government funding to create a series of 'green' transport initiatives.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has allocated the funding from its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), which is worth a total of £560 million.

The award is the fifth-highest LSTF allocation in the country - trailing only big metropolitan cities like Manchester and Bristol - and the highest in the south-east.

Reading’s success means the council now has the funding to take forward plans to boost walking, cycling and bus travel across the town, cutting congestion by up to 10% in the process.

The authority originally asked DfT for some £24m to help create an additional 7,200 daily bus trips, 12,050 daily walking trips and 2,300 daily cycle trips, but said that the confirmed allocation would allow it to “progress the majority” of the original proposals.

The council's regeneration, transport and planning lead Tony Page said the funding would allow Reading to push forward with longstanding proposals that would improve sustainable travel options for residents, local businesses, and their employees.

“A new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames, expanding park and ride facilities outside the borough boundary, the introduction of a London-style Oyster card for Reading and a bike hire scheme for Reading - including parts of Wokingham and West Berkshire - are just some examples of the initiatives we will be working on,” he said.

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