The Lib Dem MP for Lewes, Norman Baker, has today launched in the Commons the government’s new Local Sustainable Transport White Paper, “Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon”.
Citing in his speech to the Commons the Cuckmere Community Bus as an excellent example of local community initiated sustainable travel, and calling Brighton & Hove Buses one of the best operators in the country, Norman gave details of the government’s White Paper and details of the unprecedented £560million fund which is designed to assist local transport authorities outside London to take action that reduces carbon and creates growth in their communities as well as delivering cleaner environments, improved safety, increased levels of physical activity.
Measures could include encouraging walking and cycling, such as a cycle routes, initiatives to improve integration between travel modes and end-to-end journey experiences, better public transport, such as rural bus links, and improved traffic management schemes, such as 20mph zones.
Commenting Norman said:
“Some months ago I called on local authorities, including East Sussex County Council, to engage with this sizeable fund and today I am reiterating that call. This fund is designed to promote local sustainable transport ideas and push for creativity in local authorities, particularly when local authorities work with community organisations. I was pleased to again have the opportunity to cite the great work of the Cuckmere Community Bus.
“Locally, I am consistently contacted by constituents about the need for additional measures on sustainable travel, such as those who want a 20mph zone here in Lewes or a cycle route down the C7 from Lewes to Newhaven, and I am sure there are similar calls up and down the country. This is exactly what this fund has been created for. We need to ensure that sustainable travel is at the forefront of local transport strategies and this fund encourages that in a light touch and sensible way.”
Link below to the DfT press release