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Department for Transport

1.9 billion boost for local transport
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date
18 Dec 2003 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



A 1.9 billion boost for local transport is set to bring massive improvements to public transport and bus services, as well as relief to congested roads, Local Transport Minister Tony McNulty announced today.

This year's allocation of funding for local transport, up over 200 million on last year, sends a strong message to local authorities to continue striving for better transport delivery. Top performing and improving councils will be awarded a total of 68 million additional reward funding, awarded according to their performance in delivering better transport. The poorest performers will have part of their allocations held back until they can demonstrate their ability to improve.

As part of this new reward mechanism, of the 85 areas covered, 47 will receive bonuses based on their performance in the last year and 13 will receive a bonus, of at least 330,000 each, based on their marked improvement. Twenty-one will receive no reward bonus and 4 local authorities are having part of their allocation held back.

The settlement includes:

- Approval of 11 new major public transport schemes - worth 279.3 million

- Approval of 6 new major local road improvements to improve safety and reduce congestion and disruption to local residents - worth 107.8 million

- Approval of 3 new major road maintenance schemes - worth 39.1 million

- Approval of 6 private finance credits for streetlighting - worth 282 million

- 651 million for highway maintenance to improve local road conditions - up from 610 million last year

- 657 million for new local integrated transport schemes - up from 640 million last year

- 459 million for major schemes which are already underway - up from 348 million last year.

New Approved Public transport schemes:

Guided busway between Cambridge and Huntingdon - 65 million Guided busway between Luton and Dunstable - 78.4 million Northampton Quality Bus Network - 8 million
Coventry Quality Bus Network - 31.2 million
Greater Manchester Quality Bus Network - 26.3 million
Milton Keynes Bus Network - 8.2 million
Yorkshire Yellow school buses - 18.7 million
Coleshill bus and rail interchange, West Midlands - 3.8 million Liverpool South Parkway rail station improvements and bus links - 6.3m
Yorcard integrated public transport smartcard - 21.4 million Luton Town Centre improvement - 12 million

New approved road schemes:
A354 Weymouth Relief Road - 54.6 million
A509 Isham bypass - 13.9 million
A1056 North Tyneside Northern Gateway stage 2 - 9.5 million Brierley Hill Access Network, Dudley - 17.4 million
Tunstall Northern bypass - 2.8 million
Darlaston Strategic Area Access scheme - 9.6 million

New approved maintenance projects:

- A3055 Undercliff Drive, Isle of Wight major maintenance project - 12.1 million

- Freckleton Street Bridge, Blackburn and Darwen major maintenance project - 7.9 million

- Upperton Road Viaduct, City of Leicester major maintenance project - 19.1 million

Results of bids for Street Lighting PFI Credits

The following six authorities will be invited to prepare an Outline Business Case:
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (bid value 20.1m PFI credits) Leeds City Council (bid value 90.3m PFI credits)
Norfolk County Council (bid value 42.0m PFI credits)
Dorset County Council (bid value 31.6m PFI credits)
Surrey County Council (bid value 65.6m PFI credits)
Derby City Council (bid value 32.47m PFI credits)

Local Transport Minister Tony McNulty said:

"This settlement is excellent news for passengers, motorists and local authorities across the country. It demonstrates the Government's commitment to investing in improving public transport and local roads and road conditions.

"All forms of local transport - buses, roads and road maintenance are benefitting from today's funding. The Government is putting right decades of under investment and delivering on its transport agenda.

"This year we have rewarded the highest achieving and the most improved local authorities with extra money. This shows our determination to see the money we give to councils for transport being used efficiently and effectively to bring real improvements to the travelling public in their areas. Poor performance on transport is not acceptable, but we will recognise and reward strong delivery."

Details of new major schemes approved:

Guided bus - Cambridge to Huntingdon
The guided bus was part of a package of measures designed to relieve congestion on the A14 recommend in the Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study (CHUMMS). The guided bus is also seen by ODPM as an essential element in delivering the Communities Plan in the area, as it will enable a high-density new community of 10,000 homes at Oakingdon/Longstanton.

The scheme would also include two 500-space park and ride sites at St Ives and Huntingdon to enable modal shift from car to bus. The system would be covered by CCTV and real time information. Quality Partnerships will underpin open access arrangements for the guideway.

Guided bus - Luton/ Bedford
Translink is a joint scheme brought forward by Luton Borough Council and Bedfordshire County to ease congestion and help reduce journey time for passengers and workers into Luton Airport. It is being promoted as a transport mode 'more than a bus'. The scheme will involve the construction of a standard kerb-guided busway along a disused railway line running 13km from Dunstable to Luton. In addition there would be the provision of priority measures on the street running sections and improved stops.

Northampton Quality Bus Network (Getting Northampton to work) The project aims to reduce the current level of congestion by improving the quality of bus services and walking and cycling opportunities. The scheme comprises of several components including junction improvements, real time information at bus stops, improved bus amenities and improvements to walking and cycling facilities.

Coventry Quality Bus Network
Coventry Quality Bus Network is a comprehensive upgrade of Coventry's bus network. It builds upon the success of the corridor based showcase concept based in the Centro area. The three-layered programme will be implemented over 5 years. The scheme includes a variety of bus priority techniques combined with decriminalised parking enforcement to enforce parking in bus priority areas.

Jetts Quality Bus Network - Manchester
The aim of the scheme is to provide a substantial contribution to completing the coverage of the Greater Manchester Quality Bus Network. The scheme was identified in M60 (J18-12) multi-modal study as a solution to keep traffic moving in the M60 (J18-12) Corridor. JETTS Quality Bus Network would deliver a network of high quality bus corridors in north west Greater Manchester. Milton Keynes Integrated Transport Scheme This 8.2 million scheme will give priority to public transport in the centre of Milton Keynes, with a new and simplified bus network; a new interchange with improved waiting facilities and Real Time Information at bus stops.

Yellow Buses - Yorkshire
Yellow school buses are operating in a number of sites across West Yorkshire where they have successfully reduced the number of cars on the school run by up to 60 per cent. The LTP bid would substantially increase the yellow bus fleet to 150 serving around 100 additional school across West Yorkshire. One of the most successful projects is at Ilkley where several buses serve four primary schools and one secondary school. Many of the schools have also introduced other transport measures such as walking buses and safe routes to school to encourage more pupils to walk and cycle to school. One of the most successful schools is All Saints Primary in Ilkley (The school was the subject of an article in Guardian Education on September 16) where a range of innovative measures, including the yellow school bus, has seen the number of pupils travelling by car drop from 52 per cent to 22 per cent. Many more pupils now walk to school, some travel by scooter or skateboard, new cycle lanes now lead into the school and a new crossing has been provided on the busy A65.

Coleshill Interchange - West Midlands
The aim of the scheme is to provide a high quality public transport interchange that would improve access to the national rail network, integrate bus and rail services and enhance transport connections with Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre.

The Interchange would consist of a new railway station, limited access road bridge, bus station and large Park & Ride facility. The station would include two platforms, pedestrian footbridge, and associated shelters, ticket office, CCTV and real time passenger information.

Liverpool South Parkway Interchange
The scheme aims to link two south Liverpool stations by relocating Garston station 300m closer to Allerton station. The link between the two stations will take the form of a high quality interchange with bus facilities. In addition a ten minute frequency shuttle bus to John Lennon Airport is proposed.

Yorcard (Smartcard)
A contactless, smartcard ticketing system which will store cash "credits" to enable passengers to travel on all modes of public transport in South and West Yorkshire.

Luton town centre development
Luton town centre development aims to enable the redevelopment of the area; reduce congestion in the town centre; improve public transport reliability and improve pedestrian safety & security and reduce severance. The scheme consists of a number of elements including a new bus station bus priority measures, completion of the inner ring road; pedestrianisation and pavement widening in the town centre.

A354 Weymouth Relief Road
Weymouth Relief Road - this is a 6km single carriageway to relieve the existing A354 from Ridgeway to Mount Pleasant, bypassing residential areas including the conservation areas of Broadway and Upwey; and upgrade of Littlemoor Road to provide relief for the A353 Preston Beach Road. This scheme also includes a park and ride facility, traffic calming on the bypassed A354, extensive walking/cycling routes and a comprehensive mitigation scheme.

The scheme provides significant transport and accessibility benefits and benefits to communities relieved of traffic. The scheme is less environmentally damaging than alternatives that have previously been considered by the local authority.

A509 Isham bypass
A509 Isham Bypass - this will be a bypass of the village of Isham on the A509 between the towns of Kettering and Wellingborough. The bypass would be 4.32km in length, with 3.62km of dualling and the remainder single carriageway.

Scheme will significantly improve the environment of Isham Village as well as providing benefits to road users. It also supports Development in the Milton Keynes - South Midlands Growth area.

A1056 North Tyneside Northern Gateway stage 2
A1056 Northern Gateway Stage 2 - this is a bypass of the existing A1056 Sandy Lane with a new 1.8km dual carriageway link, passing to the north of the existing road and to the south of the former Weetslade Colliery site, together with improvements to a roundabout.

The Scheme will help to relieve congestion on the existing road and provide access to the former Weetslade Colliery Site.

Brierley Hill Access Network - Dudley
This scheme consists of road improvements in the High Street, Merry Hill and Waterfront areas of Dudley. Scheme will help to create a thriving urban centre by improving accessibility, tackling congestion hot spots, tackling safety problems and improving the overall environment of the area.

Tunstall Northern bypass
This scheme will complete a strategic link from the A527 to the A50, A500 and M6.

Scheme will help to relieve Tunstall town centre of heavy through-traffic, allow pedestrian and traffic management improvements in Tunstall and also improve access to proposed industrial and residential development sites to the north of the Town.

Darlaston Strategic Area Access scheme
This scheme consists of a number of highway and junction improvements which will link to prospective development sites in the Darlaston Strategic Development Area.

Scheme provides positive transport economic benefits and makes a contribution to the regeneration of a key development site.

A3055 Undercliff Drive - Isle of Wight
This road lies on the A3055 route running from Ventnor westwards along the south coast of the island, and is very important to the tourist economy of the island.

Undercliff Drive lies in an environmentally sensitive area and has been subject to extensive landslips. The best way to tackle this problem is to carry out remedial works along the existing alignment that would prevent slip surfaces developing in the future.

Freckleton Street Bridge - Blackburn and Darwen
The bridge is an Edwardian structure crossing the railway line just to the south west of central Blackburn. It forms part of the town's new inner ring road. However, at present it is restricted to one lane of traffic and cannot take heavy goods vehicles. Besides its orbital function, the bridge serves an area designated for housing, offices, and light industrial development. The bridge needs to be replaced if it is to serve its functions properly.

Upperton Road Viaduct - City of Leicester
The viaduct is a large Edwardian structure crossing the old Great Central railway line in central Leicester. It forms part of an important route in the city serving the main hospital and the business and recreation areas. The structure is dilapidated and becoming a focus for vandalism and crime. Its reconstruction will not only safeguard an important traffic route, but also help in the regeneration of the area it serves. The best option is to demolish the old viaduct and replace it with a lower level route with two new bridges.

Notes to Editors

1. Newly Approved or Provisionally Approved Schemes: Estimated total Government contribution to these schemes over their development period is shown, which in most cases is subject to further revision. Around 40m has been allocated for these schemes in 2004/05 - this is included in the 1.9bn total.

2. In 2000, local authorities in England (outside London) were given indicative funding allocations for integrated transport and maintenance measures for each year to 2005/06. Today's announcement provides authorities with firm allocations for 2004/05 and explains how the 1.9bn package (which also includes funding for major schemes) will be spent.

3. Local Transport Plans (LTPs), which were submitted in 2000 by all English local transport authorities outside London, contained an integrated transport strategy for their area and a costed programme of measures to improve local transport over the period 2001-02 to 2005-06 through: integrated transport schemes (e.g. measures to improve local transport and reduce congestion, promote cycling, walking and road safety); local road maintenance and bridge strengthening schemes; and major public transport and road schemes costing over 5 million (e.g. integrated town centre improvements, new bus corridors, light rail and local road schemes).

4. Authorities in England submitted a total of 44 bids for major schemes to be considered as part of this year's settlement.

5. All major schemes are appraised in accordance with the Government's New Approach to Appraisal (NATA), under which the scheme is assessed against the Government's five criteria of safety, environment, accessibility, economy and integration. As part of the process local authorities are required to consult the Government's statutory advisers (Environment Agency, English Nature, Countryside Agency, English Heritage). In addition, DfT has separately consulted the statutory bodies on all the major schemes. Local authorities will continue to liaise with statutory bodies throughout the further detailed design stages of their major schemes.

6. Implementation of all infrastructure schemes included in the announcement is subject to the successful completion of all necessary consultation and statutory procedures (where this has not already been achieved). A provisionally accepted scheme is one where the Government has agreed to support the scheme, subject to certain conditions. This includes schemes where a statutory approval which is essential to the scheme is still required, or where the success of the scheme is dependent on a contribution from a third party.

7. Funding for small schemes and maintenance will be allocated as part of transport's contribution to the cross-service Single Capital Pot. Authorities will be able to spend it in accordance with their local priorities and the objectives and strategies contained in their LTPs.

8. Full details of individual Local Authority LTP allocations throughout England can be found at: www.dft.gov.uk/

Public Enquiries: 020 7944 8300
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk



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