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Transport Innovation Fund

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any existing or planned projects or workstreams will be terminated in order to reallocate funds to the Transport Innovation Fund. (99125)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1538W, on the Transport Innovation Fund, whether Transport Innovation Fund awards are dependent on proposals for road-user charging. (99197)

The Transport Innovation Fund has two entry points: “congestion TIF” and “productivity TIF”.

The aim of productivity TIF is to support the funding of regional, inter-regional and local schemes that are beneficial to national productivity. We are in the process of considering business cases for first round allocations of productivity TIF. Road-user charging is not one of the current criteria.

With the congestion TIF, we are seeking bids for effective demand management proposals as part of wider packages of interventions to tackle congestion at a local level. Guidance published in January 2006 (http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_about/documents/page/dft_about_611056.hcsp) makes it clear that authorities are not required to include road pricing as the demand management element of their proposals, but we are more likely to fund those packages that do.