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Local Sustainable Transport Fund

Volume 547: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2012

I am pleased to announce today that I am awarding a further £266 million to support authorities in delivering local economic growth while cutting carbon emissions from transport. This funding unlocks further local funding sources to deliver £460 million investment in local sustainable transport schemes.

Today’s announcement is the third and final instalment of the local sustainable transport fund, which is now delivering over £1 billion investment in sustainable travel across England, and demonstrating that economic growth and carbon reduction go hand in hand. To facilitate today’s announcements, I have secured an additional £40 million for the fund, on top of the original £560 million allocation.

On 20 December 2011, the Department received 13 business cases for large projects for the local sustainable transport fund.

I have decided to announce £225 million for 12 large projects today, and I have also reserved up to £5 million funding for a small project from Tyne and Wear ITA, which my officials will progress with officers from Tyne and Wear during the coming weeks. The list of decisions made today regarding large projects is attached.

On 24 February 2012, the Department received 53 small project bids to tranche 2. On 24 May 2012 I announced £113 million to fund 30 small projects, and I am today committing a further £41 million to fund 15 more. The list of decisions made today regarding the remaining tranche 2 bids is also attached.

I am very pleased that every single eligible local authority across England has applied for funding to the local sustainable transport fund, either as a lead bidder, or as a partner authority to a large project. The fund has been well received by local government and I am confident that it will be effective in addressing the two key objectives of creating growth and cutting carbon.

All projects were assessed against published criteria. Successful projects were those judged to perform well against the twin objectives of supporting the local economy and facilitating economic development, while reducing carbon emissions. They also demonstrated potential to deliver wider social and economic benefits, to improve safety, to bring about improvements to air quality, or to promote increased levels of physical activity.

All large projects included a full economic appraisal based on the Department’s WebTAG guidance. The vast majority of funded large projects offer at least high value for money, with several offering very high value for money.

Large Projects

Projects Approved for Funding

Local Authority

LSTF Project Name

DFT Funding (2012-15)


North East

Tyne and Wear ITA**

Addressing the barriers that transport creates to economic growth and accessing employment

Up to 5,000

North West

Merseyside ITA*

Supporting Sustainable Access to Opportunity in Merseyside


Transport for Greater Manchester*

Let us Get to Work


Yorkshire and the Humber

South Yorkshire ITA

A Sustainable Journey to Work


East Midlands

Nottingham City Council*

Nottingham Urban Area LSTF Main Bid


West Midlands


Smart Network, Smarter Choices


Telford and Wrekin Council*

Telford Future—Local Action for Sustainable Growth


East of England

Hertfordshire County Council*



South East

Reading Borough Council*

Targeting Travel Choice Transitions


Surrey County Council*

Surrey Travel SMART


Transport for South Hampshire

A Better Connected South Hampshire: Supporting Growth, Reducing Carbon, Improving Health


South West

Bournemouth Borough Council (South East Dorset)*

South East Dorset Sustainable Travel Package—“The 3 Towns Corridor”


Bristol City Council*

West of England Sustainable Transport (WEST)


*Partial funding approved.

**Funding for a revised small project proposal from Tyne and Wear ITA, based on elements of their Large Project business case, has also been retained, and will be awarded pending a successful revised small project application.

Tranche 2

Projects Approved for Funding

Local Authority

LSTF Project Name

DFT Funding (2012-15)


North East

Middlesbrough Council

Sustainable Middlesbrough—A Place for Business


North West

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council*



St Helens Council

Mid Mersey Sustainable Cross Boundary Links


Yorkshire and the Humber

North Yorkshire County Council*

(1) Harrogate and Knaresborough Sustainable Transport Package

(2) Boosting the Tourism Economy in Whitby and the Esk Valley



East Midlands

Rutland County Council*



West Midlands

Stoke-on-Trent City Council (combined with joint bid with Staffordshire County Council)

Stoking Employment in North Staffordshire (a combination of “Stoking Employment” and “North Staffordshire Sustainable Transport Package”)


East of England

Bedford Borough Council*

Access to Stations


South East

East Sussex County Council*

East Sussex Coastal Towns—Better travel to Work and Education


East Sussex County Council*

Travel Choices for Lewes


Hampshire County Council*

Sustainable Transport Solutions for England’s two newest National Parks


Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead*

Sustainable Growth for Maidenhead


West Sussex County Council*

West Sussex Sustainable Travel Towns


South West

Wiltshire Council

Improving Wiltshire’s Rail Offer


*Partial funding approved.

Projects Refused Funding

Local Authority

LSTF Project Name

East of England

Norfolk County Council

Connecting Norfolk to Growth

South East

West Berkshire Council

“Connecting West Berkshire”—keeping our economy and people moving

South West

Somerset County Council

Two Moors Sustainable Visitor Travel Project