What is the Travel Choices project?
Central Bedfordshire Council, in partnership with Luton and Bedford Borough Councils, have recently been successful with their bid to the Department for Transport’s ‘Access Fund’ for over £2,000,000 of funding to continue to promote walking, cycling and other sustainable travel modes. The funding will support local projects over 3 years from 2017 to 2020 and form part of a wider government package of more than £300 million to boost walking and cycling.
The project focuses on the promotion of walking and cycling (and bus use) to the Midland Main Line train stations in Bedfordshire. It will build on infrastructure, station travel and improvement plans already in place to maximise connectivity to employment opportunities providing access to training and education. The project aims to reduce parking pressures, as well as congestion and air quality issues between towns and around the stations themselves. The project will also seek to work with other existing health and community initiatives to identify the support needed to develop a more healthy and independent approach to travel.
Over the next three years the authorities will be providing:
Nationally this funding could lead to:
The project is the first of its kind in Bedfordshire whereby all three authorities are seeking to deliver a joint programme.
What's the bigger picture?
Congestion is a major transport problem facing Central Bedfordshire. The delays experienced by motorists, businesses and those using public transport is an inconvenience, impacting on our opportunities for growth.
Around half of all car journeys are between 1 and 5 miles, and 2 out of 3 of all the trips we make are under 5 miles - as such, there is substantial potential to increase take-up of sustainable travel options such as walking, cycling or public transport.
Why make fewer trips by car?
Central Bedfordshire will be working closely with a number of partner organisations including Town Councils, NHS Bedfordshire, local businesses, Central Bedfordshire College, local community representatives and third sector organisations.
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