Tyne and Wear region is to benefit from a new £5 million investment to into a ‘carbon-cutting, growth boosting local transport scheme’, the Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today.
The new Go Smarter to Work - Tyne and Wear Sustainable Transport Package will include measures to relieve congestion on the A1 Western Bypass, to make travelling through the area quicker and easier.
There will also be a series of bus priority lanes, cycle and walking routes and cycle parking at key transport interchanges. Those travelling on public transport will also benefit from real-time travel information facilities.
There is also a focus on helping people access work, in areas where it can be problematic including those living in remote rural area. A scooter hire scheme will help people get to work and access training hubs.
Norman Baker said: "The scheme we are funding will improve life for people in Tyne and Wear and show that cutting carbon and boosting economic growth and opportunity can go hand in hand.
"Our investment in this scheme shows that we are serious about funding infrastructure where there is a clear business case for doing so. The money we are putting into this project will unlock much greater economic benefits for communities as well as improving the environment - it is a win-win for Tyne and Wear."
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