CBT backs sustainable travel plan

CBT backs sustainable travel plan

An eco-friendly travel charity has welcomed plans that will enable local authorities to get a share of the Government's new £20 million sustainable transport kitty.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has been responding to Department for Transport (DfT) proposals which would see councils bid for their share of the pot.

The new fund will be distributed from 2016 to 2017 and replace the old Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The previous model poured £560 million across 77 councils to help fund nearly 100 sustainable transport initiatives from 2011-2015.

The CBT is a campaigning group which last year called for greater emphasis to be placed on buses and for M4 "smart motorway" plans to be shelved.

Stephen Joseph, chief of the CBT, says the new scheme which it suggested is welcome but wants more money to be made available.

He says such schemes offer "good-value" alternatives to people while tackling traffic problems.

But Mr Joseph says the sum is "tiny" in comparison with billions of pounds being spent on road construction projects.

He wants DfT officials to think about upping the amount of cash earmarked for the new fund.

Copyright Press Association 2016. Motoring News articles do not reflect the RAC's views unless clearly stated