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Congestion Performance Reward Fund

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the criteria are for making awards from the Congestion Performance Reward Fund. (234899)

The Congestion Performance Fund was established to incentivise the 10 largest urban areas in England to outperform their local congestion targets.

Reward funding is available from the fund, up to a total of £60 million over four years. The first set of payments, totalling £5 million, were made in 2007-08, reflecting the fact that areas had produced delivery plans giving confidence that their targets would be met or exceeded.

The first set of performance-related payments was announced in 2008-09 to areas that statistically significantly exceeded their expected performance, based on 2006-07 journey time data. Areas that did not exceed their target trajectory were eligible for a reduced payment if they could demonstrate that they were actively delivering the programme of work set out in their delivery plans.

Future payments from the fund will reflect the extent to which an area's performance data show that they are on track to do better than their local target.