Park and ride schemes play an important part in helping to tackle congestion in many local areas. They are one of a range of policy tools suggested by the full guidance on the second Local Transport Plans (2006-11), published in December 2004.
Most schemes are funded through the integrated transport block, which the Department allocates to support local transport plans (LTPs). This totals £576 million for 2008-09.
During the first LTP period (2001-06), local transport authorities in England (outside of London) spent a total of £72.5 million of LTP funding on improving 92 existing park and ride facilities and delivering 76 new park and ride schemes.