The government has announced the winning bids for the Total Transport Pilot Fund, a scheme aimed at developing rural transport…
The Total Transport Pilot Fund aims to help local authorities deliver joined-up local transport in rural and isolated areas.
A number of agencies usually support local transport development. However, the government wants to create a coordinated or integrated service, preventing duplication of efforts.
The scheme will see £7.6m funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) split between 37 projects. This will provide stable funding from one source to improve local services.
The competition was launched on 14 January 2015. A total of 42 bids were placed by local authorities. The pilot schemes, which will run for a maximum of two years, will see a range of feasibility studies and other groundwork undertaken. Each scheme will be required to submit a detailed report of their results to the DfT.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Good transport is the lifeblood of local communities and we must ensure every penny spent is being used effectively.
“This is about improving access to the services people rely on most, from getting to school, to the shops or the local hospital.
“It is part of our long term economic plan to improve the lives of hard working people up and down the country.”
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “As someone from a rural area, I know the vital importance of well-functioning public transport in helping people get around their local community, whether to do business, go to school or meet friends and family.
“That’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide £7.6 million to ensure that people living in rural and isolated communities will be able to benefit from integrated public transport, meaning that local authorities will work with schools, hospitals and other local organisations to deliver local services more efficiently, meaning that they will be able offer people across the country better transport services while saving the taxpayer money.”
Some of the county councils that successfully bid for funding include Surrey, Devon, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Dorset, Warwickshire, North Somerset, and Staffordshire.
This is the full list of authorities that won funding:
- Authority Funding Awarded
- Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority
- Surrey County Council
- Devon County Council
- Nottinghamshire County Council
- Lincolnshire County Council
- Sheffield City Region
- Northumberland County Council
- West Berkshire District Council
- Dorset County Council
- Warwickshire County Council
- North Somerset Council
- North Yorkshire County Council
- Leicestershire County Council
- Worcestershire County Council
- Northamptonshire County Council
- Norfolk County Council
- Somerset County Council
- Cornwall County Council
- Staffordshire County Council
- Cheshire East Borough Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Rutland County Council
- South Gloucestershire Council
- North Lincolnshire District Council
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority
- East Sussex County Council
- Durham County Council
- Gloucestershire County Council
- Herefordshire Council
- Kent County Council
- North East Lincolnshire District Council
- Derbyshire County Council
- Bath and North East Somerset District Council