South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Transport that Sheffield City Region has been awarded a £2.5 million funding boost to support improved local walking, cycling and public transport schemes.
SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said: “This welcome funding will allow SYPTE and our local authority partners to continue to build on the success of sustainable transport projects delivered through the Inmotion! scheme. Walking, cycling and public transport plays a key role in supporting a diverse and resilient economy. By improving facilities and empowering communities across the region to make greener travel choices, we aim to reduce excess traffic delays, tackle poor air quality and noise, and combat health problems associated with physical inactivity.” NOTES TO EDITORS
On 24 May 2016, the Department for Transport announced £20.6m funding is being given out nationally for 23 sustainable travel initiatives across England that boost local economies by supporting people’s ambitions - offering cheap, clean and healthy travel options to access jobs and education opportunities. More information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/21m-green-transport-funding-to-support-job-creation-and-clean-up-air-quality
Sheffield City Region has been successful in receiving the full £2.5 million revenue funding it requested, following a bid submitted by the Combined Authority together with local authorities and SYPTE in March 2016. Read Sheffield City Region’s bid at: http://www.inmotion.co.uk/sttfbid/
Over the next year, key projects delivered by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) Inmotion! partnership (http://www.inmotion.co.uk/
) will include making cycling easier and safer through loans for electric bikes and cycle training, via the CycleBoost, Cycle Hub and Wheels2Work schemes, and a programme of activity to make buses, coaches, vans and HGVs more fuel efficient.
Sheffield City Region’s LSTF supports local, national and international strategies to realise the economic potential of healthier and greener travel, and supports businesses with solutions to transport problems to increase employment, productivity and efficiency. It is aligned to the Sheffield City Region Growth Plan, which aims to create 70,000 and jobs and 6,000 new businesses over the next decade. http://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/ Since it was established in 2013, the LSTF Inmotion! project has delivered:
Barnsley Cycle HUB – launched a dedicated cycling HUB at Barnsley Interchange. The new funding will enable the HUB to carry on delivering services through 2016-17 to enable more people to make the switch to two wheels
Rotherham Cycle HUB – launched a dedicated mobile Cycling service to help residents in Rotherham make the switch to two-wheeled travel. Over 300 individuals benefited from the free bike loan scheme in 2015-16
Busboost – 3,985 individuals took part in the 28-day travel trial making the switch to bus, tram and train. 8 out of 10 people said they would continue to use public transport for all or part of their future journeys
Independent Travel Training – 4,287 individuals (classified as NEET) were given support to access public transport services through journey planning tools and access to tickets
Electric Vehicles – 18 South Yorkshire businesses leased a total of 24 electric vehicles through the help of Inmotion! The Inmotion! Electric Vehicles ‘fleet’ has – to-date – covered more than 60,000 miles and saved over 30 tonnes of CO2 from tailpipe emissions
ECO Stars – funding enabled this South Yorkshire led Fleet Accreditation scheme to continue growing. There are now over 125 businesses signed-up in South Yorkshire with participant companies saving – on average – £2,600 per vehicle in fuel costs