19 Jan 2011 11:01:08
Funding of £560m made available for sustainable transport
A number of measures aimed at boosting the green credentials of the UK's transport system have been put forward in a new government White Paper.
Unveiled by transport minister Norman Baker, the Local Transport White Paper makes available £560 million for sustainable travel infrastructure over the next four years, which councils can bid for.
Authorities will be able to decide which sustainable transport initiatives they wish to promote, such as bus lanes or 20mph zones, rather than following a concrete plan set out by the government.
Mr Baker said the proposals will allow councils to realise "you can have your green cake and eat it".
"What is a solution for Bristol is not necessarily a solution for Bolton. We are leaving it to local authorities to decide what they want to do. If they want another bus lane or 20mph zone in their area it is up to them," he added.
According to the Department of Transport, travel is the fastest growing source of carbon emissions in Britain, with much of this coming from business journeys.