Government gives go-ahead to transport schemes totalling £113m


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Thirty local transport schemes worth a total of £113 million were given the go-ahead by the Government today.

The successful schemes include a new ferry service, measures to improve sustainable transport options for commuters, public transport hubs and cycling improvements.

Projects include:

:: Slough - reducing congestion on main roads in the rush hour by increasing the use of walking, cycling and public transport.

:: Durham - Durham County Council and other organisations will work to increase the number of children walking to school.

:: Devon - a new fast ferry service between Torbay and Brixham which will see journey times cut by half.

:: Stafford - a scheme to reduce congestion at peak times by improving access to walking, cycling and public transport.

:: Isle of Wight - improving transport links and travel information for visitors and locals.

Transport minister Norman Baker "The schemes we are funding today will benefit communities from Devon to Durham by cutting carbon emissions, reducing congestion and stimulating economic growth in these areas.

"By investing in these projects we are signalling our commitment to green growth which will help to kick-start economic activity in local areas while improving access to healthier forms of transport and addressing the problem of climate change."