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Transport Innovation Fund: Reading Berkshire

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what correspondence his Department has had with Reading borough council on its bid for funds from the Transport Innovation Fund in each month of 2010. (324024)

The Department for Transport exchanged correspondence with Reading borough council in January 2010 about economic appraisal issues relating to their proposal for a Low Emission Zone, which formed part of the council’s bid to the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) submitted at the end of January 2010.

The Department also received in January 2010 a request from the council for additional pump-priming funding for work on modelling and the economic and environmental appraisal of options relating to development of their TIF proposals. The Department replied in February 2010 confirming the award of funding for this work.

The Department wrote to Reading borough council about their TIF bid in March 2010 following the announcement that a new Urban Challenge Fund will replace TIF. A copy of the letter sent to the council is available on the Department’s website under the heading ‘Transport Innovation Fund’ at:

www.dft.gov.uk/foi/responses/2010.